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What Twitter thinks you should give up for Lent.

Once again, Lent has arrived on Wednesday March 1 and we’ve gathered data on what Twitter uses want to give up this year. Serious, sarcastic and just plain silly Twitter has taken the market share of discussion for what is usually a quietly observed Christian holiday.

Overall Twitter’s top five Lenten choices have proven consistently popular since being tracked back in 2009.

  1. Fast food

  2. Shopping

  3. Sleep

  4. Being mean/swearing

  5. Complaining

Take a look at the full table below:

 

Rank What Number of Tweets
1. social networking 1,637
2. chocolate 1,491
3. twitter 1,482
4. alcohol 1,440
5. chips 1,034
6. swearing 765
7. soda 699
8. school 664
9. fast food 643
10. sweets 611
11. coffee 595
12. lent 562
13. meat 522
14. sugar 441
15. bread 407
16. college 405
17. donald trump 389
18. facebook 375
19. life 371
20. you 346
21. sex 340
22. work 283
23. hope 268
24. giving up things 248
25. junk food 243
26. religion 240
27. beer 236
28. boys 236
29. pizza 216
30. homework 198
31. cheese 196
32. smoking 190
33. candy 170
34. catholicism 159
35. starbucks 155
36. marijuana 153
37. cookies 152
38. breathing 145
39. wine 142
40. carbs 138
41. ice cream 135
42. the presidency 134
43. me 133
44. f***boys 127
45. instagram 125
46. fried food 125
47. stuff 116
48. being petty 112
49. takeout 110
50. red meat 109
51. food 107
52. rice 106
53. liquor 100
54. virginity 99
55. procrastination 98
56. men 97
57. makeup 97
58. snapchat 96
59. people 96
60. french fries 91
61. shopping 91
62. pancakes 91
63. the dirtiest thing 91
64. dairy 88
65. booze 88
66. mcdonalds 85
67. sobriety 83
68. fizzy drinks 82
69. masturbation 80
70. caffeine 80
71. eating out 79
72. my will to live 78
73. coke 77
74. desserts 76
75. her favourite treat 75
76. complaining 72
77. negativity 71
78. netflix 70
79. hot cheetos 69
80. nothing 67
81. myself 67
82. juice 65
83. eating live mice 61
84. him 60
85. sleep 60
86. online shopping 59
87. cake 58
88. pasta 58
89. feelings 56
90. lying 52
91. memes 51
92. naps 49
93. chick fil a 49
94. my job 49
95. living 48
96. christianity 48
97. diet coke 47
98. stress 47
99. this 46
100. a levels 46

We think although this is an excellent list on all the fun things you shouldn’t enjoy but do anyway… one of the best things you can give up for lent (and permanently) is using your mobile phone whilst driving. If you lock it in the boot or glove box before setting off, you’ll not be tempted to answer a text message or call during the journey.

Several new driving rules came in yesterday affecting car taxes, penalties and passengers. It’s been illegal to use a hand-held mobile phone while driving, or while the engine is on, since December 2003. However, the government is cracking down further, and penalties have just become a lot harsher. From 1 March 2017, the Fixed Penalty Notice for using a hand-held mobile phone while driving will increase to £200 and six points. This means new drivers who get caught using their phone at the wheel could risk losing their licence entirely. That’s because any driver issued with six points within two years of passing their test is automatically disqualified.

Cut off temptation and don’t get caught breaking the law. Lent is the perfect opportunity to kick a bad habit if your New Year’s Resolution failed, so why not make it something important – like safe driving.