In a study that comes as a surprise to approximately no Christian under the age of 40, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project says technology use among religious people is no different than among anybody else.
While the stats (see below) raise interesting questions by themselves (Really? Less than 80 percent of Americans use the Internet?), perhaps the most interesting thing about the results is that they seemed to challenge initial expectations. Apparently, they assumed religious people would be technology-afraid Luddites—or perhaps that those who use technology become less religious. In an interview with Mashable, Jim Jansen, a senior fellow at the Pew Internet Project, said: “There is a view that the more tech-savvy a person is, the less religious they tend to be. Our study shows religiously active Americans use technology at rates in line with the general population.”
Which, again– why wouldn’t they?
Perhaps with more information like this, the notion that people of faith are cultural outsiders will dissipate.