(McClatchy) Some are choosing to stay off Facebook as a Lenten sacrifice

Posted by Kendall Harmon

People used to give up food for Lent, usually something they needed to cut back on like sweets.

These days, people are vowing to give up Facebook.

It makes sense, says Lisa Hendey, webmaster at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Fresno's largest Roman Catholic congregation.

"In the past, it might have been giving up the extras, like chocolate or TV, but Facebook has become such a big part of people's daily lives, they're contemplating giving it up, praying about it."

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Posted March 14, 2011 at 6:48 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. Chris Molter wrote:

ha!  Facebook is one of the things I decided to give up for Lent.. funny to see an article about it..

March 14, 8:01 am | [comment link]
2. Father Jonathan wrote:

I also gave up Facebook for Lent. Thus far, it has yielded me much more free time to comment on blogs than I had before.

March 14, 12:22 pm | [comment link]
3. Larry Morse wrote:

Giving up Facebook!? Now we’re talking serious deprivation. Next thing you know, people will be giving up Texas Hold’em and March Madness. This gives self sacrifice an knew depth and meaning.  Impressed in Maine

March 14, 12:26 pm | [comment link]
4. Teatime2 wrote:

Well, good! Maybe they’ll realize that without FB, they’ll have more time for meaningful, one-to-one, or, gasp, even phone or face-to-face interactions with people!

Facebook Foe in Texas

March 14, 2:31 pm | [comment link]
5. Caedmon wrote:

#2 Ouch.

March 14, 3:58 pm | [comment link]
6. Jason Miller wrote:

I, too, signed off of Facebook as part of my Lenten discipline.  I am grateful for the time I have for other pursuits, yet I do intend to return to Facebook at Easter—it allows me to keep in touch with a wide group of people from the last 20 years of my life, which I would NOT be able to do in “meaningful, one-to-one” “phone or face-to-face interactions.”

March 14, 3:59 pm | [comment link]
7. Teatime2 wrote:

#6—How did you do it before FB? wink It’s sad that no one takes the time to write letters, cards, or even emails anymore.

The big objection I have to FB is that to even look at a friend’s page, you have to register an account yourself. That’s because it’s a giant marketing, data-collection scheme and I refuse to be used in that way.

March 14, 6:55 pm | [comment link]
8. lostdesert wrote:

#7 I agree, also not on FB.  Will never join.  What a scam.  Rude, rude, rude, you are “friended” or “unfriended.”  How dreadful.

March 14, 7:58 pm | [comment link]
9. Alta Californian wrote:

I’m with Jason Miller, it’s not for everyone but it is a tool.  It has made it that much simpler to keep in contact (if superficial most of the time) with people I have not seen in years, particularly old school and college friends.  Could I have put in the hard work to maintain contact with them over the years? Certainly.  Would that have been worthwhile? Absolutely.  Did I do so?  No, unfortunately.  But thanks to what is admittedly a marketing and data collection empire, I have been able to find people it would have been very hard to track down after more than a decade.  And I, for one, am grateful for the contact.  I would also add, that if you do it properly, and are careful, you can limit the amount of information you give the empire to collect on you.  And to date (after a year and a half) I’ve never spent a dime on or through FB.

March 14, 8:35 pm | [comment link]
10. Larry Morse wrote:

There is something seriously wrong with a society that regards giving up FB for Lent is a sacrifice.
    ” I love gambling SO much that I am making the supreme sacrifice and give it up for Lent. ”  “My teeth need repair but I going to give up going to the dentists for Lent.” I am going to watch American Idol only once every two weeks.”  There are some levels of sacrifice that smell badly of New Years’ resolutions, the sacred self deception. Larry

March 15, 1:42 pm | [comment link]
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