The Internet Has Made Americans More Casual About Religion

Paul McClure suggests that the Internet has shaped how we interact with religion differently than other all-encompassing technologies, like TV. For instance, he found that while TV-watching was associated with spending less time on religious activities like attending church in the study, the Internet wasn’t. Despite widespread concern that the Internet is having a polarizing effect on our beliefs, it doesn’t seem to have sent people into religious echo chambers either. Instead, McClure speculates the Internet has incidentally exposed people to all sorts of philosophical ideas and beliefs. That exposure, in turn, has guided us into becoming either religious “tinkerers” who pick and choose the bits we like or those who simply leave the religion box unchecked.

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