Estimated amount of money Americans gave to religious organizations last year. Adjusted for inflation, that represents a 2.2 percent drop from last year. Even with the decrease, religious giving maintained the largest share of U.S. charitable giving at 32 percent. Philanthropic giving as a whole saw a 1.5 percent inflation adjusted gain.
Source: Indiana University
Percentage of social media using Americans who used social networking sites to share their views about religion. U.S. social media users were more likely to discuss movies and music, community issues, sports and politics. Globally, the number of social media users who share religious views on Facebook, Twitter, and other similar sites is only 14 percent.
Source: Pew Research
Projected number of weddings this year. While the U.S. marriage rate is at its lowest point in a century, Demographic Intelligence of Charlottesville, Va., is projecting an increase over the next few years, as many young adults who have postponed marriage begin to schedule their weddings. The company also predicts a continued increase in the age of first time bride and grooms. In 2010, the average age for a first marriage was 28.2 for men and 26.1 for women. They believe that by 2015 the average will rise to 29.2 for men and 27.1 for women.
Source: USA Today
Percentage of adults who are caregivers for an adult or child with significant health issues, up from 30 percent in 2010. Parents of a minor and those with at least some college education are more likely to be caring for a loved one in physical need. Appropriately, caregivers are much more likely to participate in key health-related activities online, like consulting reviews of drugs and attempting to get a diagnosis.
Source: Pew Internet
Minutes the average American aged 15 or older spends on organizational, civic and religious activities, according to the results of the American Time Use Survey released by the Labor Department. In 2011, Americans spent 21 minutes a day on those same activities. The average American also sleeps 8 hours and 44 minutes. The major increases in time spent from 2011 to 2012 were found in watching television (2:45 to 2:50) and other leisure activities (2:28 to 2:32).
Source: Wall Street Journal