Tweeting or Eating?: What People Are Giving Up For Lent in 2012

A recent Christianity Today article shows the top 100 things people gave up for Lent this year according to their Twitter feed. Number one on the list: Twitter. But although about 23,000 people are giving up Twitter and Facebook according to the Twitter-sphere, when you break down the data by category the picture becomes much clearer. While the world continues to change, social media outlets keep expanding, and newly developed and destructive fascinations creep into our daily lives, almost 80,000 tweets this year said that its sender will give up something that people have been giving up for centuries:

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Rooting for Underdogs: Why We Wish We Were Rocky Balboa

Eighty percent of people cheer for the underdog. That’s according to studies discussed on an episode of Radiolab I listened to recently, and it sounds like a pretty fair sampling of the percentage of my friends who hate Duke, the Yankees, and the Patriots. This is what makes Rocky Balboa (my late black lab’s namesake) the slow-witted protagonist of a six film series. Whether he’s squaring off against Apollo Creed, Mr. T., or the juiced-up Russian machine, Ivan Drago, we want to see the Italian Stallion raising his golden gloves in victory and shouting Adrian’s name out of the corner of his mouth. We want to see it because the odds are so stacked against him. Read more of this post