Monday, March 19, 2012

Rise in tech use by congregations mirrors that in society, survey shows

A teenager uses his mobile phone
during a break from vacation
Bible school.
(Credit: CNS/
Mike Crupi, Catholic Courier)
... From Catholic News Service

By Mark Pattison
Catholic News Service


WASHINGTON (CNS) — The rise in congregations' use of technology over the past decade mirrors its use in the wider society, according to the results of a survey released March 14.

Email usage by congregations, gauged at 22 percent in 1998, had soared to 90 percent by 2010, according to the study, "Virtually Religious: Technology and Internet Use in American Congregations."

In 2010, only 7 percent of congregations surveyed used neither email nor the World Wide Web, but two-thirds used both, the study said.

"If you put all the technology that we asked about together, you'd find that a quarter (of all congregations) are major uses of technology, one-third are modest users, and 42 percent are marginal users," said the study's author, Scott Thumma, during a March 13 teleconference tied to the study's release.

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