The Myth of Cyberfatih

By:
Dr. George Saunders
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This study used random sample survey data from the Middletown Area Survey to examine the use of the Internet for religious purposes. The survey data was supplemented by follow-up phone interviews with survey respondents who identified themselves as frequent users of the Internet for religious purposes. Two hypotheses were tested: the Church Dissatisfaction Hypothesis — that religious use of the Internet is positively correlated with church dissatisfaction, and the Conservative Religiosity Hypothesis — that religious use of the Internet is positively correlated with conservative religiosity. This study found no evidence for the Church Dissatisfaction Hypothesis, but did find evidence for the Conservative Religiosity Hypothesis. In fact, 80% of those who used the Internet for religious purposes fit the study's definition of conservative religiosity.


Keywords: Internet, Survey, Religion
Stream: Technology in Community
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Myth of Cyberfaith, The


Dr. George Saunders

Adjunct Faculty, Department of Sociology, Ball State University
USA


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