Religion Goes Hand in Hand with Technology in America

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 30 December 2011, 08:29 Hrs
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Bangalore: A latest report from Pew Research centre, US say that the religious Americans are fond of technology at a rate same or even a little higher than the non religious people.

The study which in relation with the Pew Research Center’s project on Internet & American life was conducted among 2300 Americans, taking into account the membership of these people in different kinds of organizations and clubs. It is found that about 79 percent of the religious people are internet users, who have broadband at home, use cell phones, text messaging and email. Whereas the number of internet users in the non religious group account for 75 percent.

However, the number of religious people active in the social networking sites is slightly less, about 46 percent compared to the 49 percent of people in the non religious groups. In the case of individual sites, 9 percent of religious people use Twitter compared to the 10 percent of other group.

According to Jim Jansen, a senior fellow at the Pew Internet Project, “there was a viewpoint that the more tech savvy the person is, the less religious they tend to be. But our study showed that the religiously active people use technology at the same rate with the general population.” The study also showed that religious people engage more with the secular world than others.

Another study which was conducted by Hartford Seminary earlier this year showed that the number of congregations incorporating technology into their services is increasing day by day. Pastors and Priests are not only the ones who use tablets and Smartphones, Recently Pope Benedict XVI used a tablet to lit a Christmas tree which is completely made up of lights. Earlier this year he had sent his first tweets using an iPad.

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