There is an App for That

The Pew Research Center recently released the results of a survey conducted by their Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which was a national survey of the state of apps culture conducted from July 25-August 26. Among the findings: Half (50%) of all US adult cell phone users now have apps on their phones (up from 42% in April) Three-quarters (75%) of all US adult tablet owners now have apps on their tablets So What? What computing devices American adults use is also Read More …

More & More Multi-Generational Households

The Pew Research Center recently released "Fighting Poverty in a Tougher Economy, Americans Move in with Their Relatives."  The report considers how the Great Recession has influenced household composition.  Over the last few years, more and more people have opted to live in multi-generational households as a means of handling economic pressures. A longer term look at household composition shows that the percentage of those living in multi-generational households declined from 1940 until Read More …

7 in 10 Now Use Video Sharing

According to the latest research by the Pew Research Center, 7 in 10 (71%) of American adults who go online now use video sharing sites.  The current number represents a five-percentage-point increase from the 66% of online adults who reported being video-sharing site users a year earlier and a 38-point increase from five years ago when the Pew Internet Project took its first reading on use of such sites. So What? Around the time the folks at Pew started this annual survey, many larger Read More …

Where Have All the Catholics Gone?

Established in 1964, the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) is the largest independent print and web Catholic news source in the United States.  Recently, the NCR published an article by Fr. Thomas Reese, former editor in chief of America, exploring the massive numbers of people who have left the Catholic church in recent years.  He frames the issue thusly: The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal Read More …

Statistical Surprises: Marriage and Divorce

The Daily Number is provided by the Pew Research Center that "highlights an important finding or trend."  A few days ago, the number looked at the unusually high rates of both marriage and divorce in the United States.  When compared to the European Union, Americans are far more likely to experience marriage (51% higher) or divorce (76% higher).  Interestingly, however, American divorce rates in the sample year (33% of the measured events) were similar to those in the EU (30%). So Read More …

Internet Replaces TV News

Earlier this year, the Pew Research Center released the findings of their latest national survey about Americans' main source of national and international news.  The survey was conducted in December 2010 and included 1,500 adults.  The chart at right illustrates how the results of this survey have changed over time.  Among the significant changes: From 2002 to 2010, television showed a 16% decline (from 82% to 66%) In 2010, for the first time, the internet has surpassed television as the Read More …

74% Growth in Social Networking

Yesterday, I blogged about the generational differences in online activity according to the latest research by the Pew Research Center.  Today, I look more closely at the rapid growth in one specific category of online activity: social networking.  In just eighteen months, the percentage of adults who use social networking sites has risen 74%.  The graphic below shows the rates of increase by generation, which range from a high of 377% for older boomers to a low of 24% for millenials. So Read More …

Generation Differences in Online Activity

Over the last several years the question has shifted from whether or not specific groups use the internet to how they do.  Recent research done by the Pew Research Center provides incredible insight into the generational differences in online behavior.   The research is  based on data from telephone interviews  with 2,252 adults conducted  between April 29 and May 30, 2010.  The following chart provides a visual summary: So What? Consider yourself.  How well does your online activity match Read More …

Most Pastors Don’t Identify Obama as Christian

Almost every American with a television or access to the internet has been exposed to stories questioning the sincerity of President Barack Obama's Christian faith.  According to research conducted by the Pew Research Center, those indentifying President Obama as a Christian have declined from 51% in October of 2008 to 34% in August of 2010.  During that same time period, those labeling him a Muslim have risen from 12% to 18%.  Among those who state that President Obama is a Muslim, 60% say they Read More …

The Missing Millennials

Many denominations and local congregations worry about the increasing age of their members.  Differing sources provide a variety of explanations for why fewer young people attend church or choose to affiliate with a religion.  According to the graphic below, provided by the Pew Research Center's Forum on Religion and Public Life, the youngest generations have the highest level of  religious non-affiliation.  By generation the numbers for those who claim no religious affiliation climb from 5% for Read More …