As part of the observance of Lent, many American Christians are logging out of Facebook and Twitter, opting to give up social media more than any other thing, according to a recent survey.
Every other year, the website DecisionData.org takes a poll of Americans to see what they are giving up for Lent, a season on the liturgical calendar that ends with Easter Sunday.
In a poll of 586 American adults whose findings were released Tuesday, the website found that “social media” was the most common thing given up, with 21 percent of respondents naming it.
In second place was “alcohol” at 18 percent and third place was “chocolate/sweets” at 13 percent. The rest of the list was “soda/coffee” (11 percent), “junk snacks” and “fast food” (8 percent), “pornography” (6 percent), “marijuana” and “tobacco” (4 percent), and “other” (7 percent).
“Religious or not, Lent can be a great time of year to give up a distraction and refocus on other things that might be more important in our lives,” noted DecisionData.org.
“While popularized in religious circles, Lent is spreading into the secular world, as more people participate in the fasting of some specific thing over the 40 days that lead up to the Easter holiday.”
When the website last did its Lent poll in 2017, “alcohol” had topped the list at 20 percent, “junk snacks” was second at 15 percent, and “social media” was at third with 14 percent.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski