Giving up online social networks for Lent?

A virtual fast
Most days you can find college sophomore Adan Farrah on his laptop checking in with his classmates, looking at photos and updating his personal page on Facebook.

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 student at Kutztown University in Penn sylvania.

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

In a new twist to an old religious tradition, a growing number of Christian technophiles swore off Facebook, My Space, Twitter and other technology for Lent. Thousands joined “Giving up Facebook for Lent” groups on the site, replacing the photos on their profiles with boxes announcing that they will be absent for the next six weeks.


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