Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent – a season of repentance and reflection leading up to Easter.
Although the season is primarily observed by Catholics and liturgical Protestants – Episcopalians, Lutherans, Methodists and the like – some other branches of Christianity are also starting to connect with the season.
One common practice is to give something up. It’s seen as a way to deeper reflect on sacrifice, and to distance oneself from something that can be a distraction from God.
Christianity Today lists chocolate, alcohol, Twitter, social networking, and swearing as the top five most popular things to give up. And in the “social networking” category, Facebook is a big one. Many see giving up the social platform as a chance to connect more meaningfully with people in person, or to spend the time that would be spent on Facebook doing other activities – prayer, reading, etc.
The website CNET has 5 tips on giving up Facebook and avoiding the “social minefields” that could come with it. The article suggests people set a status to let people know, write down birthdays and even change to a reminder profile picture. (Many of my close friends are rarely or never on Facebook, so I struggle to understand the “minefield” concept … but I digress.)
As meaningful as giving up Facebook can be, naturally, the Internet is full of memes about it. Here are a few I spotted this morning:
1. Paranoid. And the source of this one – Anglican Memes – is on a roll this morning.
2. Substituting one network for the other? Here’s one from someecards.
3. Hipster Lent – found this one on memegenerator.net:
4. This one makes a good point – the point of giving something up isn’t to brag about it. This one’s from High School Memes:
5. And for those of us who are sticking around, here’s another from Anglican Memes:
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