New York – Now a days many teens do not like to talk about religion or advice and the reason behind is internet usage.
This interesting concept comes in n new U.S. study.
Allen Downey, a professor of computer science at Massachusetts’ Olin College of Engineering, found that between 1990 and 2010 the share of Americans claiming no religious affiliation grew from 8 percent to 18 percent while the number of Americans connected to the Internet rose from almost nothing to 80 percent.
“We can’t know for sure that Internet use causes religious disaffiliation,” Downey said. “It is always possible that disaffiliation causes Internet use, or that a third factor causes both.”
But Downey, whose paper, “Religious affiliation, education and Internet use,” was published late last month at —Examining data from the General Social Survey, an ongoing and multigenerational study of Americans, Downey draws a link between higher levels of education and income and lower levels of religious identification.
His study shows that as Americans reported more Internet use, their religious identification dropped. Those who reported only a few hours of weekly Internet use were 2 percent less likely to claim a religious affiliation than those who use no Internet.
And those who use the Internet more than seven hours weekly are even less likely to adhere to a religion — by an additional 3 percentage points.
“That effect turns out to be stronger than a four-year college education, which reduces religious affiliation by about 2 percentage points,” he said.
Other scholars say Downey’s finding may be too pat.