Tuesday, March 06, 2007

40 Nights Without Stalking:
Students Giving Up Facebook For Lent

Youths Try A Different Lent Focus: Facebook

The 40 days and 40 nights of Lent cause some people to sacrifice things in their lives as a tribute to their savior. I gave up green beans and heroine, but other college kids are giving up real things like social networking sites.

Maura Toomb, a junior at Loyola College, decided to give up Facebook for Lent. Wow, what was she thinking.

"I'm going to use the extra time" - dozens of hours a month, Toomb said - "to reflect, to pray, and things like that."

"Facebook is a huge part of life, almost something that's abused," says Sam Hager, a freshman at the University of Minnesota who's boycotting Facebook until Easter Sunday. "I look at Lent as a time to resist temptation and a season to sacrifice."

"The second day, I almost went on," says Analiza Saraza, a 19-year-old international business major at Mount St. Mary's. "It was like, 'www.F-A-C ... .'" Saraza took it one step further than the others - she gave up AOL Instant Messenger too.

Lent ends Easter Sunday. Good luck on your fasts of Facebook stalking!

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