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Sacrificing Social Networking For Lent

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Over the past seven days there have been a humble 173,228 Tweets related to Lent. 


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The original concept of giving something up for Lent comes from the story of the temptation of Christ in which Jesus fasted in the desert for 40 days and nights. Traditionally, Christians gave up eggs and milky products to show their dedication to Christ and demonstrate discipline. On Shrove Tuesday, the last day before Lent, Christians would use up all the things they plan to give up, hence the onslaught of pancakes we have now.

But as Easter has become a westernized event, so have the Lent sacrifices.
Thanks to the sheer amount of Tweets it is much easier to get an idea of what people plan to give up. Over 6000 witty young Twitter users plan to give up school, if only it was that simple. Food and drink take up the majority of choices, with chocolate, fizzy drinks, alcohol, sweets, fast food and coffee all getting places in the top ten. So far, Twitter alone has had nearly 4,000 votes and social networking as a whole got a further 3,000.  

The idea of Lent is to give up something you love and will struggle to be without. If it's an easy sacrifice then the exercise is meaningless. This speaks volumes for how far social networking has come in our daily lives. Even the popular fast food app Just Eat tried to giveup Twitter this year, even if only for a few hours.

The idea that social networking has taken over is a growing concern along with the notion that people need to “stop looking down and start looking up.If you’re trying to give up Twitter this lent, try distracting yourself with something new.

The resource 40 Acts encourages using Lent as an opportunity to give more by doing 40 daily challenges. Follow the link for more information on how to sign up: www.40acts.org.uk

Megan Herdson
Megan is a country girl who moved to the city with some big dreams. She is studying her MA in Creative Writing whilst also managing an American Football Team.  She loves her blog and wants nothing more than to have her words read. That and to win the Championship, obviously. Follow her @MeganAtSMF
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Sacrificing Social Networking For Lent Reviewed by Megan Herdson on Monday, March 02, 2015 Rating: 5
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