Teenagers experimenting with religion on Facebook: Study

New York, May 17 :  Regardless of what their religious tradition teaches, teenagers on social media platforms like Facebook are “picking and choosing” religion to customise their needs than those who do not use social media, researchers have revealed.

Women are more inclined to believe that all religions are true as opposed to that only one is true or that there is very little truth to religion.

Married people are less likely to accept the notion of many religions being true when compared with only one, the findings suggested.

“On Facebook, there is no expectation that one’s ‘likes’ be logically consistent and hidebound by tradition,” said sociology researcher Paul K. McClure from Baylor University.

Religion, as a result, does not consist of timeless truths. “Instead, the Facebook effect is that all spiritual options become commodities and resources that individuals can tailor to meet their needs,” McClure added.

“What this study suggests is that social technologies have an effect on how we think of religious beliefs and traditional institutions,” McClure said.

In particular, those who spend time on social networking sites like Facebook are more likely to think it’s perfectly acceptable to experiment with other religions and claim they do not need to remain committed to the teachings of a singular tradition.

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