Frequent communions are balanced with frequent confessions. Right? Using logic, you would think so. Virtually everyone at the Masses I go to receives Communion, yet there are very few who ever go to Confession. Sin and breaking the Eucharistic fast are the two barriers to receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. Since it's almost impossible to break the lax Eucharistic fast, people who stay in their seats are most likey presumed by others to either have a lack of piety or to be in a state of mortal sin. That can create social pressure to make a sacrilegious Communion.
Before the abolition of the Eucharistic fast, one who did not receive most likely had not kept the Eucharistic fast, and those who did receive must have thoughtfully prepared themselves for it by remembering to go without food in preparation of receiving Our Lord.
The habit of routinely receiving Communion without frequent confessions is prevalent everywhere I have been, and I believe it can show more piety and respect for Our Lord to stay in your seat during Communion than it does to go up and automatically receive when you haven't been to confession in a while.
For Lent, I hope that everyone who reads this will commit to a three hour fast prior to receiving Communion.