What to give up for Lent 2016?
Jesus instructed his followers to pray and fast in secret. Someone tell Twitter.
For Lent last year, more than 400,000 people tweeted what they were giving up during the week of Ash Wednesday. The top five choices: School, chocolate, Twitter itself, alcohol, and social networking.
Though such ideas have consistently proven popular ever since OpenBible.info’s Stephen Smith began tracking Lent in 2009, his annual lists—a mix of the sincere and the sarcastic—often reflect larger trends or current events.
CT will update this post with Smith’s 2016 research once he releases his findings next week. Below are some charts, courtesy of OpenBible.info, on how topics have changed over time.
Here’s one attempt at tracking the “seven deadly sins”: