I mentioned last Wednesday that it is common for Catholics and others to give up something for Lent. Most people choose to give up some luxury or maybe a favorite snack. Some choose to make real sacrifices, like this woman has by giving up Facebook. This story is from the local Chicago CBS affiliate.
One Chicago woman decided to give up more than the usual when Lent began on Wednesday.
As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, some people might be inclined to give up sweets, pastries, candy or alcohol during Lent. But Christine Melendes has decided to give up Facebook.
Melendes says she has been used to using Facebook every day for the past five years.
She says she has been very active on the social networking site since 2007, posting status updates and pictures and checking what others have posted.
“I kind of feel like I forget to do something every morning before I go to work, but I’m doing pretty good,” Melendes said. “I haven’t cheated yet.”
Melendes thinks she will learn something about herself by going without Facebook until Easter.
“Probably how much I use it, and how much I use it to stay connected to my friends and my family,” she said.
Melendes is not giving up all social media, however. She says she cannot stop using Twitter along with Facebook.
“That would be impossible,” she said.
What did we do with ourselves before Facebook and Twitter?