Woman gives up Facebook for Lent
Feb. 25 — No more status updates. No more pokes or tags or timelines. Glena Suiter is giving up Facebook for God.
The 28-year-old wanted to sacrifice something for Lent that would allow her to be less connected and take time to reflect on personal growth.
At home on French Island, Suiter will use her Facebook time to knit hats for premature babies at local hospitals. She wants to have 40 done by Easter — one for each day of Lent.
People like Suiter across the country are giving up Facebook this year.
Christine Melendes in Chicago told CBS she gave up Facebook to learn something about herself. In Florida, Joan O’Connell and Johanna Cataldi told ABC they’re giving it up to draw themselves closer to God.
But Facebook. Oh, how Suiter misses the status updates. The silly pictures.
“I’m not sure I’ll make it, but I’m going to try,” she said.
Suiter joined Facebook six years ago. Slowly, the social media site grew on her as she found old friends and family members.
Facebook was the first thing she checked when she woke up. She’d sneak a peek through her news feed during the day when she had a spare minute or at night when her two kids went to bed.
She’s not an addict, she says, but it sure is hard not to log on.
“I didn’t think about how much I use it until now,” she said. “I didn’t think it would be such a sacrifice to give up.”
She admits to peeking at Facebook over her husband’s shoulder a few times since Ash Wednesday.
She got the idea to give up the social networking site — which now boasts 845 million active users — as she was scrolling through her news feed and saw a friend was also giving it up.
“I was struggling with what to give up, so I thought I’d give it a try,” she said.
Suiter hasn’t had much luck with giving up things for Lent in the past. Usually she picks soda, but the caffeine-withdrawal headaches are often too hard to overcome.
So far, the temptation of giving in to Facebook hasn’t gotten the best of her, even as email alerts fill her inbox.
It’s for a good cause, Suiter says. The colorful hats for premature babies will give comfort to the families. Suiter’s son was placed in the intermediate care facility when he was born.
“Those were the worst two days of my life,” she said. “So anything I can do to make their time there a little better, I’ll do.”
And if that means giving up Facebook for 40 days, so be it.