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What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2021 Edition)

Saturday, February 20th, 2021
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

Track in Real Time What People Are Giving Up for Lent in 2021

Monday, February 15th, 2021

See the top 100 things people are giving up for Lent in 2021 on Twitter, continually updated through February 19, 2021. You can also use the Historical Lent Tracker to see trends since 2009, though 2021 is still in flux, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about 2021 yet.

As I write this post, with about 593 tweets analyzed, perennial favorites “alcohol,” and “twitter,” and “social networking” lead the list. I expect to see tweets this year related to the global pandemic. And will TikTok make the top ten this year?

Look for the usual post-mortem on February 20, 2021.

What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2020 Edition)

Saturday, February 29th, 2020

This year's word cloud is from wordart.com because wordle.net no longer works for me.

This year alcohol topped the list for the first time since 2017, followed by social networking and Twitter. New to the top 100 this year are “trolling” (#14) and “being toxic” (#94), following Pope Francis’s call to give up online insults. Also new are “TikTok” (#33), “simping,” or acting obsequiously on TikTok (#41), “coronavirus” (#73) (related: shaking hands), and “the streets” (#95).

This year’s list draws from 35,817 tweets out of 540,684 total tweets mentioning Lent.

Plastic

Plastic has been appearing near the top of the list for the past two years as some churches, especially in the UK, have encouraged people to give it up for Lent. This year, mentions of plastic fell precipitously, suggesting that either giving it up has become less fashionable or that people inclined to give it up already did so over the past two years. In particular, “straws” received no mentions.

Plastic dropped from over 1% in 2019 to 0.1% in 2020.

Social Media

As noted above, TikTok is the big winner here.

Snapchat continues its decline.

Fast Food

Chick-fil-A continues its march upward, while McDonald’s continues its decline.

Domino's wasn't mentioned this year.

Top 100 Things Twitterers Gave Up for Lent in 2020

Rank Word Count Change from last year’s rank
1. Alcohol 1,533 +1
2. Social networking 1,236 -1
3. Twitter 1,191 0
4. Meat 570 +2
5. Chocolate 534 -1
6. Lent 468 -1
7. Coffee 444 +1
8. Sex 432 +2
9. Soda 426 0
10. Sweets 409 +2
11. Swearing 403 -4
12. Fast food 356 -1
13. Men 336 +1
14. Trolling 330 +106
15. You 294 +3
16. Work 288 -1
17. School 284 -4
18. Bread 254 -1
19. Chips 235 +5
20. Marijuana 214 +7
21. Beer 210 +2
22. Sugar 207 -2
23. Catholicism 202 -2
24. Religion 198 -7
25. Virginity 196 +7
26. Giving up things 177 -4
27. Life 165 -2
28. Instagram 156 +3
29. Facebook 156 -3
30. Starbucks 151 +6
31. Smoking 146 +3
32. Boys 138 -2
33. TikTok 131 +89
34. Candy 122 +1
35. Depression 119 +16
36. College 112 -20
37. Liquor 112 +22
38. Red meat 106 +5
39. Wine 105 +8
40. Carbs 104 +8
41. Simping 104 +82
42. Junk food 100 -5
43. Homework 100 -3
44. Anxiety 97 +9
45. Dairy 94 +11
46. Booze 93 +10
47. Food 92 -1
48. Fried food 92 +1
49. Caffeine 86 +15
50. Lying 85 -6
51. Masturbation 85 -1
52. People 84 +3
53. Donald Trump 84 -10
54. Rice 83 -14
55. Cheese 81 -13
56. Eating out 78 +3
57. Cookies 75 -3
58. Hope 75 -19
59. Him 75 -6
60. My job 73 -7
61. Chick Fil A 70 +10
62. Complaining 67 +10
63. Shopping 65 +1
64. Sobriety 64 +3
65. Breathing 62 -24
66. Negativity 62 -1
67. Procrastination 61 -10
68. Online shopping 61 0
69. Pizza 60 -15
70. Coke 59 +3
71. Feelings 58 +24
72. Ice cream 58 -19
73. Coronavirus 58
74. Porn 56 +3
75. Juice 54 +5
76. Boba 54 -15
77. Pussy 52 -3
78. Takeout 51 -15
79. Bills 48 -9
80. French fries 48 -10
81. Church 46 -8
82. Desserts 45 -10
83. Being gay 44 +2
84. Pancakes 44 -5
85. Being a jerk online 44
86. Being single 41 +4
87. Hot Cheetos 40 -13
88. Cheating 40 -6
89. Chicken 39 -8
90. Crying 39 -10
91. Living 39 -4
92. Christianity 39 -30
93. Gambling 39 +6
94. Being toxic 38 +29
95. The streets 38 +28
96. Cake 38 -9
97. Energy drinks 37 -2
98. TV 37 -13
99. Women 37 0
100. Pasta 36 -16

Top Categories

1. food 6,259
2. technology 3,125
3. smoking/drugs/alcohol 2,767
4. relationship 2,163
5. habits 1,882
6. irony 1,364
7. sex 1,019
8. school/work 882
9. religion 647
10. health/hygiene 352
11. money 259
12. entertainment 166
13. politics 162
14. shopping 160
15. sports 84
16. weather 18
17. celebrity 17
18. clothes 17
19. possessions 16

Media Coverage

The Lent Tracker received some media attention this year:

Track in Real Time What People Are Giving Up for Lent in 2020

Monday, February 24th, 2020

See the top 100 things people are giving up for Lent in 2020 on Twitter, continually updated until February 29, 2020. You can also use the Historical Lent Tracker to see trends since 2009, though 2020 is still in flux, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about 2020 yet.

As I write this post, with about 1,200 tweets analyzed, perennial favorites “social networking,” “alcohol,” and “twitter” lead the list. I’ve already learned a new word: simping, “the type of person who, instead of trying to attract the opposite sex through being attractive and interesting, is more sycophantic and fawning,” commonly on TikTok. It’s currently at #12, though I assume it will fall as more people start posting.

Look for the usual post-mortem on March 1, 2020.

What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2019 Edition)

Saturday, March 9th, 2019
Social networking tops the list of what Twitterers are giving up for Lent in 2019.

This year social networking topped the list, as it did last year, followed by alcohol, Twitter, chocolate, and, ironically, Lent. Swearing fell to #7 this year from #5 last year. With the absence of a major political or social event, 2019 was a fairly typical year for what people said they would give up for Lent.

This year, 44,291 tweets (excluding retweets) specifically mentioned giving up something, up from last year’s 29,609. In all, this year’s analysis covers 491,069 tweets, up from 427,810 last year.

Plastic

Giving up plastic has become increasingly popular in the past two years. In all, 464 tweets this year mentioned plastic of some sort, which would almost bring it into the top ten.

Over 1% of tweets this year mentioned plastic.

Brexit

The one major political event occurring over Ash Wednesday involved the ongoing Brexit debate. When British Prime Minister Theresa May accepted a suggestion that British lawmakers give up the EU for Lent, it led others to tweet the opposite:

Tweets about leaving the EU and Brexit outnumber tweets about the EU.

Depression and Anxiety

It was a banner year for those who said they were giving up both:

Tweets about both depression and anxiety increased substantially this year.

Winter

Tweets about cold weather were up this year, as they are cyclically depending on the severity of winter weather:

Tweets about both cold weather last peaked in 2015.

Gossip

Pope Francis this year suggested giving up gossip for Lent, leading to an increase in the number of tweets about it:

Tweets about gossip reached a new high this year.

Relationships

Even though last year Ash Wednesday fell on Valentine’s Day, this year the percentage of people saying they were going to give up a significant other rose:

The generic 'love' fell overall, however.

Fast Food

Chick-fil-A finally surpassed McDonald’s this year, and Chipotle continues its decline:

Taco Bell could surpass McDonald's next year.

Other Updates from Last Year

Hot Cheetos finally declined. Smoking and Juuling both rose. Tide Pods look to be a one-year phenomenon, along with Fortnite. Snapchat dropped off a cliff.

Top 100 Things Twitterers Gave Up for Lent in 2019

1.Social networking1,5290
2.Alcohol1,498+1
3.Twitter1,409-1
4.Chocolate8180
5.Lent770+6
6.Meat6840
7.Swearing606-2
8.Coffee563+1
9.Soda561-1
10.Sex511+3
11.Fast food473-1
12.Sweets460-5
13.School414+2
14.Men374+6
15.Work367+11
16.College346+9
17.Religion346+15
18.Bread336-4
19.You3270
20.Plastic3120
21.Sugar2940
22.Catholicism290+15
23.Giving up things289+10
24.Beer274-6
25.Chips269-9
26.Life258+3
27.Facebook227-15
28.Marijuana224+3
29.Brexit212+47
30.Boys204-8
31.Instagram195-4
32.Virginity187+28
33.Smoking175+7
34.Candy161-11
35.Starbucks144-1
36.Junk food138-3
37.Hope128+22
38.Homework128+8
39.Rice127+8
40.Breathing125+32
41.Cheese122-5
42.Donald Trump122+18
43.Red meat121-8
44.Lying1180
45.Food113+24
46.Wine111-5
47.Carbs111-6
48.Winter110+48
49.Fried food109+1
50.Masturbation109+6
51.Gossip108+41
52.Depression105+26
53.Anxiety103+30
54.Ice cream103-4
55.My job103+26
56.Him98+10
57.Cookies98-5
58.Pizza96-20
59.People94-5
60.Dairy94-15
61.Booze92-13
62.Procrastination91-3
63.Single use plastic84-10
64.Eating out840
65.Liquor81-7
66.Juuling80-1
67.Boba79+4
68.Christianity76+15
69.Takeout75-10
70.Caffeine75-15
71.Shopping74-17
72.Negativity73-46
73.My will to live69-1
74.Sobriety68-16
75.Online shopping66-1
76.Bills64+19
77.French fries64-16
78.Lint63+6
79.Chick Fil A61-16
80.Complaining61-29
81.Sleep61-11
82.Desserts60-15
83.Church60-5
84.Coke59-16
85.Pussy59-6
86.Hot Cheetos56-25
87.Netflix55-25
88.God54-3
89.Porn53-24
90.Snapchat50-73
91.Stress50-3
92.Oxygen50+4
93.Spending50-3
94.Pancakes46-21
95.Crying46-1
96.Diet coke46-19
97.Juice45-15
98.Chicken44-19
99.Cheating43-19
100.F***boys43-43

Top Categories

This year, the top celebrity was BTS, a Korean boy band / all-consuming lifestyle.

1.food8,004
2.technology3,688
3.habits2,963
4.smoking/drugs/alcohol2,820
5.irony2,097
6.relationship1,800
7.school/work1,490
8.sex1,164
9.religion1,016
10.politics440
11.generic427
12.money353
13.health/hygiene348
14.entertainment224
15.shopping182
16.weather171
17.sports165
18.possessions54
19.celebrity24
20.clothes16

Media Coverage

The Lent Tracker received some media attention this year:

Track in Real Time What People Are Giving Up for Lent in 2019

Monday, March 4th, 2019

See the top 100 things people are giving up for Lent in 2019 on Twitter, continually updated until March 9, 2019. You can also use the Historical Lent Tracker to see trends since 2009, though 2019 is still in flux, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about 2019 yet.

As I write this post, with about 1,500 tweets analyzed, perennial favorites “social networking,” “alcohol,” and “twitter” lead the list. If I had to guess, with an unusually cold February across much of the U.S., weather might feature more prominently this year than last year, when Ash Wednesday coincided with Valentine’s Day.

Look for the usual post-mortem on March 10, 2019.

What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2018 Edition)

Saturday, February 17th, 2018

Social networking, Twitter, and alcohol are the top three things Twitterers gave up for Lent in 2018.

This year social networking topped the list, followed by Twitter, alcohol, chocolate, and swearing. It was a fairly typical year, with the top five the same as last year (though in a different order)–except for swearing, which came in at #6 last year, behind chips. (Chips had received a boost last year from Theresa May’s vow to give them up; this year they returned to closer to their usual spot.)

This year, 29,609 tweets (excluding retweets) specifically mention giving up something, down substantially from last year’s 73,334. In all, this year the analysis covers 427,810 tweets, down from 694,244 last year.

Relationships

As expected with Valentine’s Day falling on Ash Wednesday this year, relationship-related tweets increased:

Men + boys increased, Valentine's Day + love + being single increased sharply, and women + girls increased slightly.

Plastic

Plastic also jumped substantially this year, boosted by the Church of England’s suggestion that followers give up various forms of plastic for Lent.

Plastic increased to nearly 1% of tweets this year.

Fortnite

New to the list this year is Fortnite, a Hunger Games-style video game:

“It’s all they talk about,” said Glen Irvin, a teacher coach at a high school in Sauk Rapids, Minn., of “Fortnite”-playing students. “The only other game I’ve ever heard kids get this passionate about is ‘Minecraft.’”

Fortnite drastically outperformed Minecraft this year.

Juuling

Also new this year is juuling, a slick and covert way to vape:

Resembling a flash drive, Juul conveys a sense of industry — you’re Juuling into your MacBook Air while you are cramming for your test on Theodore Dreiser and thinking about trigonometry — and it is so easy to conceal that, as one mother explained to me, she failed to notice that her daughter was vaping in the back seat of the car as she was driving.

Giving up juuling this year was nearly half as popular as giving up smoking:

Vaping is a distant third place.

Shootings

Two newcomers to the list this year are #30, guns, and #88, mass shootings. These tweets reflected a shooting at a Florida high school on Ash Wednesday.

The relevant topics jumped

Donald Trump

Donald Trump fell this year from #22 to #67, sandwiched between hope and procrastination.

Percentagewise, tweets related to President Trump fell by about two-thirds.

Tide Pods

Finishing just out of the top 100 this year are Tide Pods, which people keep eating for some reason.

Hopefully this is a one-year wonder.

Fast Food

Chick-fil-A surged to near-parity with McDonald’s, while Chipotle this week decided to deal with its Taco Bell parity by hiring Taco Bell’s former CEO.

Meanwhile, In-N-Out lost its momentum from last year.

Snack Food

Have Hot Cheetos finally plateaued?

Hot Cheetos were identical to last year.

Emojis

This year 4,667 tweets (16%) contained at least one emoji, down from 19% last year. The most-popular emojis were: 😂 😭 ♀ 😩 🙃 🙏 ✌ 😅 🙄 ♂.

Retweets

Here’s the most-retweeted Lent post this year, with over 71,000 retweets. I’m not totally sure why. (All the rest of the data on this page excludes retweets.)

Top 100 Things Twitterers Gave Up for Lent in 2018

Rank Word Count Change from last year’s rank
1. Social networking 1,329 +1
2. Twitter 1,215 +2
3. Alcohol 1,105 -2
4. Chocolate 1,035 -1
5. Swearing 549 +1
6. Meat 531 +6
7. Sweets 499 +3
8. Soda 441 0
9. Coffee 387 +2
10. Fast food 380 -1
11. Lent 373 +2
12. Facebook 342 +9
13. Sex 315 +6
14. Bread 267 +2
15. School 256 -8
16. Chips 222 -11
17. Snapchat 216 +34
18. Beer 193 -3
19. You 189 +1
20. Men 189 +35
21. Plastic 188 +122
22. Sugar 185 -5
23. Boys 165 +2
24. Candy 162 +7
25. Valentine’s Day 157 +130
26. Work 145 -2
27. College 145 -13
28. Negativity 144 +32
29. Instagram 143 +13
30. Guns 141 +126
31. Life 139 -13
32. Marijuana 132 +1
33. Junk food 130 -6
34. Religion 130 -8
35. Giving up things 112  
36. Starbucks 111 -2
37. Red meat 108 +12
38. Cheese 106 -6
39. Catholicism 105 -4
40. Pizza 104 -11
41. Smoking 100 -11
42. Love 100 +96
43. Wine 93 -3
44. Carbs 91 0
45. Me 89 -7
46. Fortnite 87  
47. Lying 84 +25
48. Dairy 81 +13
49. Homework 78 -21
50. Rice 77 -7
51. Booze 76 +12
52. Fried food 75 -7
53. Ice cream 74 -17
54. Complaining 72 +14
55. Cookies 69 -18
56. Single use plastic 68 +100
57. Shopping 68 -11
58. People 66 -11
59. Caffeine 65 +11
60. Stuff 60 -10
61. Masturbation 59 +3
62. Liquor 58 -5
63. F***boys 58 -24
64. Takeout 57 -4
65. Sobriety 57 -9
66. Hope 57 -43
67. Donald Trump 56 -46
68. Procrastination 56 -13
69. Virginity 55 -21
70. McDonald’s 55 -8
71. Hot Cheetos 55 -5
72. French fries 53 -20
73. Netflix 53 -8
74. Fizzy drinks 49 +3
75. Chick Fil A 48 +4
76. Eating out 48 -10
77. Makeup 47 -32
78. Porn 47 +21
79. Myself 45 -3
80. Juuling 45  
81. Him 44 -7
82. Pasta 44 -3
83. Desserts 41 -14
84. Food 40 -25
85. Coke 40 -14
86. Pork 39 +17
87. Dating 38 +23
88. Mass shootings 38  
89. Sleep 38 -16
90. Breathing 37 -47
91. Boba 37 +3
92. Being single 36 +22
93. Cake 36 -6
94. My will to live 36 -36
95. Pancakes 36 -15
96. The presidency 35 -43
97. Online shopping 32 -15
98. Tea 31 +10
99. Brexit 30 +27
100. This 30 -5
101. TV 30 -5

Top Categories

Unlike previous years, no non-political celebrities inspired large numbers of people to give them up.

Rank Category Number of Tweets
1. food 6,702
2. technology 3,556
3. habits 2,034
4. smoking/drugs/alcohol 2,027
5. relationship 1,339
6. irony 946
7. school/work 714
8. sex 568
9. religion 404
10. politics 252
11. generic 224
12. possessions 155
13. entertainment 149
14. shopping 147
15. health/hygiene 125
16. money 94
17. sports 53
18. weather 21
19. clothes 14

Media Coverage

The Lent Tracker received some media attention this year:

Track in Real Time What People Are Giving Up for Lent in 2018

Monday, February 12th, 2018

See the top 100 things people are giving up for Lent in 2018 on Twitter, continually updated until February 17, 2018. You can also use the Historical Lent Tracker to see trends since 2009, though 2018 is still in flux, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about 2018 yet.

As I write this post, with about 1,500 tweets analyzed, perennial favorites “social networking,” “alcohol,” and “twitter” lead the list. Ash Wednesday coincides with Valentine’s Day this year (and thus Easter with April Fools’ Day), so I expect relationship-related tweets to run higher than usual.

Look for the usual post-mortem on February 18, 2018.

What Twitterers Are Giving up for Lent (2017 Edition)

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

A Wordle (wordle.net) of the top 100 things people said they were giving up for Lent this year on Twitter.

This year, alcohol topped the list for the first time; it’s been hovering in the top five for the past few years, last year landing at a then-record #3. Possibly the recent popularity of Dry January (according to the article, 16% of British adults participated in 2016) is carrying over to Lent.

“Chips” cracked the top five this year largely because British Prime Minister Theresa May announced she was giving them up for Lent. This announcement had knock-on effects lower down the list, with “her favourite thing” and “live mice” both coming in at #88. The announcement of the potential closure of a U.K. chip factory the next day led to further jokes. For my U.K. readers, yes, I know you call them crisps (and your “chips” are U.S. “French fries”); I would now tell myself in 2009, when I first started compiling this list, not to combine “chips” and “crisps” into a single line, but it’s too late now.

Donald Trump is a big winner this year, landing at #22, just behind “Facebook” but ahead of “hope.” “The presidency” comes in at #52. In all, there are 1,002 tweets mentioning “Trump,” “President,” and “POTUS,” which is good enough for #10 on the list if we were to combine them all into a single line.

“The dirtiest thing” (#66) refers to a campaign to give up non-renewable energy.

This year, 73,334 tweets (excluding retweets) specifically mention giving up something. This total is up from last year’s 60,000 tweets; I used broader search terms this year (“lent” and “lent2017”) than I have in the past. In all, this year the analysis covers 694,244 tweets, up from 200,000 last year–again, largely because of the broader search terms.

Rank Word Count Change from last year’s rank
1. Alcohol 2,396 +2
2. Social networking 2,148 0
3. Chocolate 2,143 -2
4. Twitter 2,064 0
5. Chips 1,416 +15
6. Swearing 1,395 0
7. School 1,189 -2
8. Soda 1,186 -1
9. Fast food 1,092 +1
10. Sweets 990 -2
11. Coffee 969 -2
12. Meat 909 -1
13. Lent 906 0
14. College 894 +5
15. Beer 888 +8
16. Bread 691 0
17. Sugar 660 -5
18. Life 645 +11
19. Sex 612 -1
20. You 609 -5
21. Facebook 594 -7
22. Donald Trump 520 +62
23. Hope 456 +31
24. Work 442 +3
25. Boys 433 -1
26. Religion 406 +4
27. Junk food 401 -6
28. Homework 393 -6
29. Pizza 373 -12
30. Smoking 296 +5
31. Candy 288 -5
32. Cheese 284 +4
33. Marijuana 267 +6
34. Starbucks 265 -6
35. Catholicism 259 +12
36. Ice cream 249 -5
37. Cookies 227 +1
38. F***boys 220 -13
39. Wine 219 -2
40. Being petty 212 +21
41. Instagram 210 -8
41. Breathing 210 +22
42. Rice 209 0
43. Carbs 202 +5
43. Fried food 202 +6
44. Makeup 201 +2
45. Shopping 190 +3
46. People 189 +4
47. Virginity 185 +12
48. Red meat 184 +3
49. Stuff 180 -5
50. Snapchat 168 -16
51. French fries 166 -6
52. The presidency 164 +82
53. Procrastination 159 +3
54. Men 158 +18
55. Sobriety 156 +5
56. Liquor 155 +6
57. My will to live 154 +77
58. Food 150 -15
58. Negativity 150 -3
59. Takeout 148 +7
60. Dairy 144 +6
61. McDonald’s 143 -8
62. Booze 141 -4
63. Masturbation 138 -8
64. Netflix 136 -32
64. Hot Cheetos 136 -1
65. Eating out 133 +6
66. The dirtiest thing 132 +28
67. Complaining 130 -10
68. Desserts 126 -16
69. Caffeine 125 -19
70. Coke 124 -9
71. Lying 123 +15
72. Sleep 115 -2
73. Him 114 +3
74. Feelings 108 -22
75. Fizzy drinks 103 -12
76. My job 99 +15
76. Juice 99 +1
76. Chick Fil A 99 -8
77. Pasta 95 -12
78. Pancakes 94 -7
79. Nothing 91 +14
80. Online shopping 89 -17
81. Naps 88 +9
82. Church 87 -1
83. Living 86 +43
84. Memes 83 +27
85. Cake 82 -15
86. My phone 79 -33
87. Stress 78 -14
88. Eating live mice 77  
88. My attitude 77 -10
88. Caring 77 -24
88. Her favourite treat 77  
89. Abbreviations 75 +41
90. Politics 74 +3
90. Sweet tea 74 -2
91. Potatoes 72 0
91. Classes 72 +10
92. Boba 70 +10
93. Christianity 69 -13
94. TV 65 -11
94. Sarcasm 65 -20
95. Taco Bell 63 -20
95. Donuts 63 +6
96. Oxygen 62 +18
96. Porn 62 -24
97. Studying 60 -9
97. My boyfriend 60 +3
97. The gym 60 +8
97. Diet coke 60 -30
98. Everything 59 -11
98. Anxiety 59 +13
99. New Year’s resolutions 58 -20
100. Chipotle 57 -31
100. Pork 57 -16

Fast Food

Chipotle now lands behind even Taco Bell.

In n Out continues its rise.

Snack Food

Hot Cheetos continue their snack-food dominance.

Potato chips are up a little because of Theresa May.

Adulting

It’s a verb now. Or at least a gerund.

Adulting overtakes being an adult this year.

Emojis

Just over 14,000 tweets (19%) included an emoji this year. I haven’t tracked emoji usage before, so I can’t say how that compares to previous years.

Here are the top five emojis used this year, along with the most-popular items given up:

Emoji Tweets Most-popular Given Up
😂 2,428 chocolate, alcohol, twitter
😭 1,154 chocolate, sweets, fast food
😩 889 chocolate, sweets, fast food
🙃 875 chocolate, coffee, fast food
🙄 640 chocolate, alcohol, social media

Conversely, here are the most-popular things given up with tweets that include emojis:

Given up Tweets Most-popular Emojis*
chocolate 793 🍫 🙈 😫
social media 549 ✌ 👋 🙏
alcohol 537 😅 ♀ 😬
twitter 482 ✌ 👋 🙏
sweets 355 😅 🍬 🍫

* Excluding the top-ten emojis for the year.

Retweets

The rest of this data excludes retweets, but here are the three tweets mentioning Lent that drew the most retweets. I feel that this list encapsulates Twitter; not many other top-three lists would include college humor, the pope, and Rick “Never Gonna Give You Up” Astley.

Categories

Here are my categories for the top 740 things people gave up:

Rank Category Number of Tweets
1. food 17,017
2. technology 5,659
3. habits 4,962
4. smoking/drugs/alcohol 4,880
5. irony 3,495
6. school/work 3,470
7. relationship 2,541
8. sex 1,179
9. religion 1,055
10. politics 911
11. generic 679
12. entertainment 447
13. shopping 407
14. health/hygiene 328
15. money 279
16. sports 152
17. possessions 103
18. clothes 64
19. weather 28
20. celebrity 20

Media Coverage

The Lent Tracker received some media attention this year:

  1. Christianity Today
  2. International Business Times
  3. The Sun
  4. Daily Herald
  5. Baptist News
  6. Cleveland.com
  7. Pajamas Media
  8. Catholic News Service

Track in Real Time What People Are Giving Up for Lent in 2017

Monday, February 27th, 2017

See the top 100 things people are giving up for Lent in 2017 on Twitter, continually updated until March 4, 2017. You can also use the Historical Lent Tracker to see trends since 2009, though 2017 is still in flux, so I wouldn’t draw any conclusions about 2017 yet.

As I write this post, with about 1,600 tweets analyzed, perennial favorites “social networking,” “alcohol,” and “chocolate” lead the list. My main question, given the current U.S. political climate, is how high Donald Trump will rank: he’s currently vying with smoking and sugar for #24–last year, as a presidential candidate, he finished at #82.

Look for the usual post-mortem on March 4, 2017.