Do young adults today practice faith and religion differently than previous generations at the same age?
Research from the Barna Group says, “Yes.”
A recent report by the Barna Group looked at “Millennials,” people age 18 to 29, a generation that grew up with easily accessible digital technology.
The most obvious difference is Scripture reading.
Instead of a black leather Bible being a prize possession, Millennials will pick up their smartphones, tablets or other computers.
In this age group, 70 percent of practicing Christian Millenials read Scripture on a screen. And one-third of all people in this age group read some kind of sacred writing on a screen.
Video usage for religious reasons is common: 54 percent of Christian Millennials and 31 percent of all Millennials watch faith videos.
Numbers are similar for other spiritual content online: 59 percent of Christian Millennials and about 30 percent of all Millennials search for spiritual information.
With the Internet at their fingertips pretty much all the time, this group is also likely to fact check their spiritual leaders. Among Christian Millennials, 38 percent said they check what their leaders are telling them. Overall, 14 percent of Millennials say they do.
And Millennials may not donate as many dollars to religious groups as their elders, but they are giving. And they use the Internet to do so.
One in 10 Millennials say they donate online once a month, and that jumps to 39 percent when looking at Christian Millennials. And their giving sometimes uses a force they are known for — texting. One out of 10 Millennials donate at least once a month through a text message, and that doubles for Christian Millennials.
Your favorite religious tech
Recently, The Advocate’s Pray section has mentioned apps that feature Christian content, including the popular You Version Bible app.
What technology do you use for religion? Do you get daily Bible readings in an email? Do you blog or read blogs about religion? Do you watch a great preacher from somewhere else or listen to religious music on your smartphone? Is there an app for that?
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SOURCE: barna.org/ Click on the “Millennials” tab.