According to a Mashable, a new Pew Research Center study shows that church goers are just as tech-savvy as those that don’t attend religious services, if not more. This study puts to rest the idea that church goers are somehow less involved in the growing usage of technology in our society.
Interestingly. more church goers own cell phones (86%) than those that don’t go to church (80%) and they seem to use email more too (75% versus 68%).
These numbers are even more striking when you consider that, as a whole, church goers skew older. You would think that tech use would be about the same or less but the opposite is true.
“Some analysts have been concerned that those who have active spiritual lives might not be as engaged with the secular world,” Jim Jansen, a senior fellow at the Pew Internet Project and author of a report on the findings, said in the report. “We see the opposite. Those who are active in religious groups seem to be joiners.”
The most surprising bit from the study is that church goers tend to use social media a little less that others (46% versus 49% respectively). In regards to twitter, 9% of church goers use the service while 10% of the general population use it.
Still, the study underscores the fact that church goers are indeed joiners and they tend to embrace technology.
Here’s a video report from Mashable.