The Most Popular Things People Are Giving Up For Lent

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It’s that time of year again. Ash Wednesday. The occasion where we give up our most coveted vices for the next 40 days, all the way until Easter Sunday. And yes, Easter is later than usual this year. So buckle up and deal with it.

In case you still haven’t decided what horrible things to forgo this time around, here is a list of the most popular items to quit. It’s based on a study by the Independent UK from 2016.

Alcohol

For some reason this seems to be a go-to for casual drinkers, rather than heavy drinkers. Well I guess it makes sense, but it doesn’t make for much of a challenge. If you want to go without booze there’s no harm in that, but if you already do that in life anyway what’s the point?

Social Networks

Might be the best of the bunch. People in general need to get off social networks, mainly Facebook. Studies have shown that the more time you spend perusing your news feed, the less happy you feel about your life. Reason? Your friends share ONLY the best version of themselves. It’s like showing highlights of Michael Jordan’s three pointers without mentioning the fact that he missed thousands of shots. Social media is rigged to make everyone look perfect, and they’re not.

Chocolate

To be honest, I’ve never met a person who’s actually addicted to chocolate. It’s the kind of thing everyone jokes about, but in reality are they really reliant on it daily? This one seems pretty weak. Next…

Coffee

Now we’re talkin’. Giving up coffee is one of the most difficult things a human being can sacrifice. If it wasn’t for this caffeinated treasure, nothing productive would ever be accomplished.

Fizzy Drinks

Huh?

Meat

Reasonable. Cleansing out the system is a nice thing to do from time to time. If you combine this one with giving up alcohol, then you’re talking about progress in the health sphere.

School

This one sounds great. I wish I could’ve missed 40 days of class back in the day citing religious observance.

What will you give up this year? Well, you have many options above, including some honorable mentions like fast food, Tinder, clothes shopping, using your credit card, or twerking (the top option from 2013).

In all seriousness, giving up things for Lent can save you money. Say you decide to give up buying branded goods at the grocery store, research has found that this will save you hundreds of dollars each year, and at least $40 or so during Lent alone.

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