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What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2021 Edition)

A word cloud from wordart.com features "Twitter," "Alcohol," "Social Networking," "Chocolate," and "Meat" most prominently.

This year, the usual trio of Twitter, alcohol, and social networking led the list. But current events influenced the list this year more than most. Radio personality Rush Limbaugh‘s death on Ash Wednesday led many to comment that they were giving him up for Lent, landing him at #7. A major winter storm (#62, snow and #77, winter) in Texas (#34) knocked out electricity (#5), water (#35), and heat (#68) for millions of people. Finally, the global pandemic (#23, covid) elevated topics like going to the pub (#24) and suppressed others, like eating out (#75). Zoom (#63), a videoconferencing service, appeared for the first time. “Executive orders” (#53) refers to a satirical tweet about U.S. President Biden.

This year’s list draws from 24,312 tweets out of 557,560 total tweets mentioning Lent.

COVID-19

The global coronavirus pandemic led to jumps in several topics, most notably “going to the pub,” which was almost as popular as “COVID,” and was followed closely by food pickup and delivery.

COVID + the pandemic is at the top, followed by going to the pub, takeout + doordash + uber eats, masks, and lockdown.

Social Media

In the battle of the social networks, TikTok has almost overtaken Instagram, while Snapchat fell below Tinder. Facebook, not shown on this chart because it makes the chart harder to read, was once dominant and is now only just above Instagram.

Instagram is just ahead of TikTok, which are far ahead of Tinder and Snapchat.

Fast Food

Fast food is down across the board.

Chick-fil-a is down but retains its lead, followed by Chipotle, McDonald's, Dunkin, and Taco Bell.

Top 103 Things Twitterers Gave Up for Lent in 2021

1.Twitter911+2
2.Alcohol895-1
3.Social networking687-1
4.Lent515+2
5.Chocolate4760
6.Meat337-2
7.Rush Limbaugh306 
8.Swearing250+3
9.Men242+4
10.Sex225-2
11.Coffee214-4
12.Sweets213-2
13.Giving up things188+14
14.Catholicism185+9
15.Electricity178+99
16.Soda174-7
17.Fast food167-5
18.Religion154+6
19.School140-2
20.Marijuana1380
21.Sugar136+1
22.Chips123-3
23.Covid116 
24.Going to the pub115 
25.Bread115-7
26.Smoking114+5
27.Facebook113+3
28.You111-13
29.Work102-13
30.Life99-2
31.Instagram99-2
32.Tiktok96+1
33.Booze94+12
34.Texas92 
35.Water87+61
36.Masks85 
37.Online shopping85+24
38.Homework83+5
39.Hope82+15
40.Living80+36
41.Takeout77+26
42.Breathing75+17
43.Beer71-22
44.Wine71-4
45.Power61 
46.Candy60-12
47.Food59-1
48.Him59+6
49.Depression58-14
50.Shopping55+7
51.Lying53-3
52.Executive orders53 
53.Virginity51-28
54.Liquor51-16
55.Cookies51-2
56.Starbucks51-26
57.Red meat50-18
58.Christianity49+18
59.Junk food49-17
60.Procrastination490
61.Anxiety47-18
62.Snow46+47
63.Zoom44 
64.Rice44-14
65.College42-28
66.Sobriety41-8
67.Lockdown41 
68.Heat40+44
69.Carbs40-28
70.Pancakes40+3
71.Caffeine40-24
72.Donald Trump40-22
73.Masturbation39-24
74.Desserts38-3
75.Eating out38-22
76.Simping36-34
77.Winter36+28
78.Ice cream34-14
79.Lint34+1
80.God33+5
81.Cheese33-30
82.Negativity33-22
83.People32-34
84.Complaining32-28
85.Being alive32+19
86.Church31-16
87.Coke29-25
88.Pussy28-22
89.Boys28-57
90.Pizza28-29
91.Sleep28-8
92.My will to live28-11
93.Amazon27-1
94.Sarcasm26-5
95.Hate26+15
96.Snacking25-15
97.Sanity240
98.My job24-44
99.Cake23-22
100.Dairy22-56
101.The pandemic22 
102.Chick Fil A22-47
103.Baseball22+9

Top Categories

1.food3,419
2.technology2,305
3.smoking/drugs/alcohol1,613
4.irony1,341
5.habits1,198
6.relationship804
7.religion528
8.sex476
9.health/hygiene442
10.school/work414
11.celebrity313
12.politics242
13.weather213
14.shopping172
15.money125
16.entertainment106
17.sports48
18.clothes15
19.possessions12

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