In our Digital Future Study, we ask respondents how often they use the internet to look at religious or spiritual sites. In our most current study, more than half of Americans (51%) said they go online for religious or spiritual purposes at least monthly.
One interesting finding in this regard is the difference in internet use for this purpose based on race or ethnicity.
African Americans tend to use the internet to look at religious or spiritual sites more often than do members of other racial or ethnic groups. Almost a third of black respondents (29.4%) visit these sites at least once a day (daily or several times a day); this compares with 11.6% of whites, 13.9% of Latinos, and 21.9% of Asian respondents who look at these sites that frequently.
On the other end of the frequency scale, 70.2% of whites and 66.9 % of Latinos never visit religious or spiritual sites, or do so less than monthly. This contrasts with the 54.2% of Asians and 46.3% of African Americans who never visit religious or spiritual sites, or do so less than monthly.
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April 16, 2018