Give up social media addiction for Lent, priest tells youth

Give up social media addiction for Lent, priest tells youth

MANILA— A Catholic priest advised young people to break free from their social media addiction this Lent.

Fr. Cunegundo Garganta, executive secretary of the bishops’ Commission on Youth, said they may not totally turn it off but simply try and reduce screen time.

“There are enriching things (in social media) so continue on that but they should learn how to reduce time on other things that wastes their time,” Garganta said over Radio Veritas.

“Too much engagement into social media can also be timewasting. We spend a lot time on things that are not important,” he said.

The priest said giving up something for Lent is a practice with deep spiritual significance, where people are called to grow closer to God through praying, fasting and almsgiving.

He said young people can also mark the 40-day period of penitence by posting Lent-related photos on social media and reading or watching a regular reflection online.

“Choose images and activities that are worth sharing… that can have a positive impact not only for ourselves but also for the others,” Garganta added.

A recent study by United Kingdom-based consultancy We Are Social Ltd. revealed that the Philippines remained on top when it comes social media usage for three straight years.

The report showed that Filipinos spent an average of 4 hours a day on social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The Philippines is followed by Brazil with an average of 3 hours 39 minutes, followed by Thailand and Indonesia at third and fourth respectively. CBCPNews