As smartphones and tablets increasingly invade every aspect of our lives, even to the point where people are finding dates through apps, a pastor may worry that his congregants are doing things besides reading the Bible on their phones during the sermon.
He may not expect the young worshipers to be Googling the statistic he just shared or the news story he referenced, but many of them may be doing just that.
New research shows that nearly four in 10 (38 percent) Christian Millennials say they have fact checked sermons.
Christianity Today reports on a study about young Christian millennials and technology from Barna Research.
Among the findings:
- 70 percent of millennials who identified as practicing Christians say they use a smartphone or Internet to read Scripture
- 59 percent say they search for spiritual content online
- More than half (56 percent) had visited the website of a house of worship
- A similar number (54 percent) say they’ve watched spiritual videos online
- More than four in 10 have participated in online faith discussions
- The same say they have blogged or commented on a blog about their faith
The report was based on interviews of 1,078 adults, age 18 and older, using an online probability-based poll.
The research is consistent with similar studies by LifeWay Research and Pew Internet that found the adoption of mobile technology by young adults to be extraordinarily high, while the church lagged behind culture as a whole.