Chicago Woman Gives Up Facebook For Lent

CHICAGO (CBS) — One Chicago woman decided to give up more than the usual when Lent began on Wednesday.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, some people might be inclined to give up sweets, pastries, candy or alcohol during Lent. But Christine Melendes has decided to give up Facebook.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

Melendes says she has been used to using Facebook every day for the past five years.

She says she has been very active on the social networking site since 2007, posting status updates and pictures and checking what others have posted.

“I kind of feel like I forget to do something every morning before I go to work, but I’m doing pretty good,” Melendes said. “I haven’t cheated yet.”

Melendes thinks she will learn something about herself by going without Facebook until Easter.

“Probably how much I use it, and how much I use it to stay connected to my friends and my family,” she said.

Melendes is not giving up all social media, however. She says she cannot stop using Twitter along with Facebook ever since she learned to buy Facebook fans.

“That would be impossible,” she said.

  • Skorpius

    Sounded like The Onion here for a second.

    • s

      That’s exactly what I thought – “area woman gives up Facebook for Lent” – LOL.

      • Hayyy

        Every aspect of this society is quickly crumbling. This is news? This is journalism? Probably some journalist who made it big through affirmative action cause it certainly wasn’t her rapier wit… Get prepared for 2012 people, somethings gonna happen.

      • Z1


        Your right, this isn’t really news. There is so much going on now days.

    • TR

      This isn’t news…pathetic…

    • Ken

      And…so what? You are supposed to give up something non sinful that you enjoy doing for Lent out of love for God. That’s what she is doing. This is news that belongs on Drudge? Ridiculous.

    • L

      I am also giving up facebook for Lent. I started a blog about it, just now. Follow me!



  • Barry Soetoro

    Why is this news? I know at least 2 people who are giving up all social media. Yet this lady giving up facebook is somehow news? Go cover some real news.

    • JennyGentry

      Just another made up story after the coup and cover up.

      The next election is shaping up to be as big of a sham as the last. Do you know why Sarah Palin’s bus tour was really canceled? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she’s not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin and Cain aren’t in the race for the same reason, the truth leaked out.

    • Herb

      Mustbe a really slow news day for it to be news. Know several people at my daughters school have done the same.

    • Jerome

      I gave up Facebook for Lent, after my cousin told me she was and inspired me. It’s a worthless, non-productive vice, but a sacrifice to disconnect…in some ways.

      Not news.

  • Brian

    How is this a story – I have had friends give it up every year from many years. I have given it up in general – just too time consuming and detrimental to healthy relationships.

  • Matthew

    I gave it up for Lent last year, and again this year. Why is this news?

  • Gail Choate

    I have given up FB for Lent for 3 years now. This isn’t news.

    • Allen Miller

      Gail, I am happy for you, but this has inspired me to give it up so its news to me.

    • Max

      Three years?? I’m sure you’ll be getting a call from this reporter SOON. What a scoop! Someone gives up FB for Lent for three straight years! WOW!!

    • Nota Hipster

      I gave up Facebook for Lent before it was cool like five years ago.

  • G

    I gave up Lent for Lent.

  • Timster

    This is definitely an attempt to steal readers from The Onion.

  • Ted

    It’s news to this reporter but like commenters have said, not news. Someone hasn’t seen the “Off Facebook for Lent” images all over Facebook, apparently.

  • rollingmyeyes

    Wow poor woman how WILL she survive?? Jesus wondered in the desert for 40 days and she pats herself on the back for giving up facebook??? Pathetic.. only in America.

    • MikeIGC

      As he wandered about I wonder what he wondered about.

    • Ken

      Okay, so we now know what you will do for Lent. I admire your sacrifice. Don’t pat yourself on the back to hard while you are in the desert for 40 days however. Jesus said to keep your sacrifices between yourself and God. Good luck and God Bless!

  • Bess

    This is the dumbest story I’ve ever read. No surprise it comes from Chicago.

    I gave up Facebook… For good.

  • Lala

    I agree with other posts…how is this news? I gave up all social media, including pinterest and twitter with Facebook. I know many others who did, too. Yawn.

  • housewife101

    Umm… quite a few have given up facebook for Lent…this is actually a news story??? Slow news day??? It is just facebook–not like you need that to survive!

  • jr

    Such a brave woman…

  • WHO CARES!!!!!

    WHO CARES!!!! I gave up Facebook about a month ago…can you do a news story on me too????

  • Allah_speaking

    I gave up Lent for Facebook… Where’s my interview and story?

  • wow

    terrible ‘story’… please attempt to report on matters that affect the population

  • Laura

    I have also given up Facebook for two years in a row now for Lent. What the heck? Where’s my news story? ;)

  • olekobe

    This “news story” is as inane as a Facebook status update.

  • Gibbs Bentley

    “A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.” ~ H. L. Mencken


  • Lanny

    Using twitter? That’s like saying, “I gave up sweets for Lent….except for chocolate and ice cream.”

  • skyhook

    so will she still take those narcessistic self photos with her cellphone even though shes not on Facebook?

  • Louis

    Giving up Facebook is like giving up poking yourself in the eye.

  • Jason in Philadelphia - Drudge Reader

    Shes a slacker, I gave up facebook in December 2010. I never looked back and I feel cleaner because of it. I never liked the idea that one needs to display their entire life and everyone they encountered with a website with real high vulnerability.

    I’ll stick to sports bars and live sporting events should I have a need for a social life.

  • Bruce

    My niece did this last year, so I started a story on her facebook page about her having a rich new boy friend. She got engaged. Had a big expensive ring. I enlisted a few of her friends to add to the story on facebook. And all the while she could neither read nor respond to the total fabrications. Sadly, her boyfriend died. Don’t you hate when that happens? I was kind of hoping she would give up facebook again this year, but didn’t happen. Sigh!

    • sgm

      If she had understood Lenten fasting, she would have known that even during Lent, Sundays are not fast days. She could have been checking once a week.

  • Three Oranges

    Local woman does something utterly unremarkable. I can’t even count how many people I know who have done this over the past few years.

    Journalism fail.

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