Should I go to church today or just stay on Facebook?

Thursday, 16 December, 2010

If I’m reading the results of some recent US research the right way, then 33% of church-goers only attend services in order to see their friends.

Using data from the Faith Matters Study, a survey of U.S. adults conducted in 2006 and 2007, Lim and his colleagues found that 33% of those who attended religious services every week and reported having close friends at church said they were extremely satisfied with their lives, while only 19% of those who went to church but had no close connections to the congregation reported the same satisfaction.

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