What To Give Up for Lent? Twitter Reveals Top 100 Choices

What almost 500,000 tweets tell us people gave up in recent years.

Update (Mar. 4, 2014): The 2014 tally of top Lenten tweets has begun.


Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the 40 days of Lent. But if you haven't decided what to forego during the Lenten season, it's not too late.

To help, look at what 141,000 Twitter messages (so far) suggest people are giving up this year.

The trendiest thing to forego in 2013? "Being pope."

On a more serious note, if past years are any indication, it's likely that social media, chocolate, swearing, and alcohol will take top honors among the Top 100 most frequently sacrificed personal vices.

Ironically, the analysis came from Twitter's API, which Stephen Smith analyzes each year to provide a look at what people say they plan to give up for Lent. In 2012, the analysis looked at a series of 300,000 tweets. The complete list based on that analysis follows at the bottom of this post.

CT previously reported the Top 100 vices that Twitter users gave up in 2012 as well as ...

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