Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Religion on the Internet

Time Magazine reports that despite the fact that religion is always in the news, visits to religious websites in the U.S. are declining rapidly. They dropped over 30% within the last year, down 35% the last two years, while visits to online entertainment, in the form of video sites and social networks like MySpace and Facebook, continue to soar.

In Looking for God Online, Bill Tancer discusses Internet patterns and search behaviour as indicators of religious interest.

Searches leading to Roman Catholic websites reveal a fascination with saints: from the generic query "saints" to the religious ties to what most of us now consider secular holidays, "St. Valentine's Day and "St. Patrick's Day."

Full story:,8599,1600010,00.html

See also: Religion and the internet (Thursday, April 18, 2002) at