The Rise of the Tech-Savvy Religious
Some analysts, and even church leaders, have suggested that spiritual people are slower adopters of Internet services when compared to others in the broader culture. Although, according to a recent update to the Pew Internet and American Life project, that assumption couldn’t be more wrong.
A new report conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates International found that Americans who are members of religious groups are just as likely – if not more likely — to use the Internet, have broadband at home, use cell phones and send texts. What’s even more surprising is that religious Americans are also just as active on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Not only do the 40 percent of Americans who consider themselves religious embrace digital media and technology, but they also do it whole-heartedly. The survey highlights characteristics of the tech-savvy religious compared to those who are tech savvy but do not consider themselves religiously active. Religious users of technology (in the literal sense of the phrase) are typically:
- More trusting of others
- More optimistic about their impact on community
- More community-minded
- More involved in groups
- More active in groups in which they’re involved
Think about what this report says for the church in general. Digital media isn’t an exclusive domain for iPad-bearing, skinny jeans-wearing hipsters. Pastors, church staff, volunteers and Christian organizations can hang out online with the rest of the peeps – and do it with style.
While this report may not be news to some of you, it supports our vision to create an online community to unite Christ-followers all over the world. FaithVillage.com will be a social network that allows you to take your spiritual life to the next level by forming valuable communities around articles, videos, podcasts and other content.
Team FV wants to pat you on the back and say “Bravo!” Thanks for learning, leading and loving the Lord online. We encourage you to keep engaging social media and experimenting with emerging technologies that can strengthen your positive influence on our world. Soon, you can add FaithVillage.com to your list of social networks to leverage your faith. We’re certain you’ll become an expert there too.
Originally posted January 11, 2012.