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New Study Shows Fewer Americans Turning To Prayer

A recent study on Americans praying was released by researchers and led by San Diego State University (SDSU) psychology professor Jean M. Twenge. It conveyed that Americans hit an all-time low in praying and belief in God in 2014.

In a SDSU press release on March 21, Twenge said “Most previous studies concluded that fewer Americans were publicly affiliating with a religion, but that Americans were just as religious in private ways. That’s no longer the case, especially in the last few years." Twenge went on to say, “The large declines in religious practice among young adults are also further evidence that Millennials are the least religious generation in memory, and possibly in American history."

Data was taken from 58,893 people in the General Social Survey from 1972 to 2014, and published the results in the journal Sage Open on March 21. According to the study, five times as many Americans in 2014 said that they never prayed compared to those who were surveyed in the early 1980s; almost twice as many Americans in 2014 said they didn't believe in God compared to people in the 80s.

In addition, Twenty-six percent of those surveyed in 2014 said they never attend religious services, 21 percent have no religion and 15 percent never pray.

According to Vocative, 36 percent of the iGen generation (18 to 22-year-olds) said in 2014 that they had no religious affiliation, while the non-praying types were at 28 percent. The study stated, “This suggests that iGen will continue the decrease in religious orientation rather than reversing it, even in spirituality."

Twenge added, "It was interesting that fewer people participated in religion or prayed but more believed in an afterlife. It might be part of a growing entitlement mentality — thinking you can get something for nothing.”

Photo: Christian Today, 10 News

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