Ash Wednesday marked the beginning of Lent last week, meaning Christians across the country are in observation of the annual tradition of choosing something to give up until Easter Sunday.
Time used Google search data to determine what people in each U.S. state are (probably) giving up for Lent. Searches for “Lent” and “give up” during the first week of February were taken into consideration.
Based on the data, food or drink-related items were the most searched items to give up for Lent in over half of the 50 states — Nevada included.
While Google’s data isn’t a scientific measure, it’s an interesting look into the annual practice. And according to Google, Christians (and others taking part) in Nevada are promising to avoid sugar throughout the duration of Lent.
Although food and beverages dominated the search traffic overall, some states opted to abstain from using technology-based items.
In Georgia and Tennessee, the top-searched item to give up was social media. In Oregon and Massachusettes, Christians are promising to stay off of Facebook or Instagram during Lent.
Oklahomans are giving up “fear,” according to the Google data, whereas Virginians are abstaining from “self-criticism.” Those in Washington state might be feeling the Valentine’s Day blues as they gave up dating.
Click the map below and hover over each state for the specifics.
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