Six Weeks Without Facebook

I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised by teens giving up Facebook for Lent:

For the 19-year-old and many of his friends, the social networking site is something close to an obsession.

“I’m on there a total of three hours a day … four hours on weekends,” said Farrah, a native of Monroe, N.J., and now a student at Kutztown University in Pennsylvania.

But on Ash Wednesday, Farrah decided to quit Facebook cold turkey. No more status updates. No more commenting on photos posted by classmates. No more connecting with high school friends.

In a new twist on an old religious tradition, a growing number of Christian technophiles are swearing off Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other technology for Lent. Thousands of Facebook users have joined “Giving up Facebook for Lent” groups on the site, replacing the photos on their profiles with boxes announcing they will be gone for the next six weeks.

Religious leaders and scholars across the country are encouraging the faithful to unplug from Facebook, MySpace and other sites in a virtual Lenten fast.

“Oftentimes, we are just spending too much time on these things. We’re out of balance,” said the Rev. John Grimm, an assistant professor of Christian ethics at Seton Hall University in New Jersey. “Giving up something we enjoy and like is to make restitution — to give penance for our sins.”

I gave up religion for Lent. What about you?

And THREE HOURS A DAY? On Facebook? You don’t need Lent, you need an intervention.

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