The first ever "Papal selfie" was made this year when 500 teenagers traveled from Diocese of Piacenza and Bobbio outside of Milan to the Vatican. Pope Francis invited the teens as "bearers of hope."
March 11, 2014 12:03 PM EDT

Your Instagram feed might be a little thinner in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday, because 31% of Lent-observing Christians say they’re giving up technology for Lent, making it officially a more popular sacrifice than chocolate.

According to a new study by market research firm the Barna Group found that of the 17% of Christians who are fasting for Lent, 30% planned to give up chocolate, but 31% planned to nix technology. The tech purge includes social networks (16%,) smartphones (13%,) TV and video games (21%) and the internet (9%.) By comparison, less than 2% of respondents had planned to give up sex, smoking and swearing between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

For the record, 30% of respondents said they’d give up chocolate, and 28% said they’d do without meat. In general, food restrictions were still the most popular sacrifice (88% said they’d give up a food for Lent.) But technology fasts were still most popular among Baby Boomers, with 39% saying they’d give up some kind of tech.

Does that mean no more Pope selfies?

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