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Research and Trends

 

If Not for the Teachings of the Bible, Americans would probably value human life less than they do. A minority of adults hold a strong opinion on this idea. Those who do were more likely to strongly agree with it, by roughly a 2-to-1 margin (28% strongly agreed, 16% strongly disagreed). As expected, born again Christians have a much more positive view of this statement than non-born again people (42% vs. 23% strong agreement, respectively). Pro-life individuals are also much more likely than pro-choice adults to strongly agree (37% vs. 23%). (American Culture & Faith Institute 9/27/17)

The Millennial Exodus In his ominously titled book The End of White Christian America, Robert P. Jones (CEO, Public Religion Research Institute) chronicles the demise of the white American church. One major force of change in the religious landscape is young adults’ rejection of organized religion. Young adults are 3 times as likely as seniors to claim no religious affiliation. Even those raised by Christian parents, who’ve grown up in the church, walked the aisle, given their lives to Jesus, gone on mission trips and graduated from Christian colleges, are leaving the American church in droves. A ’06 Barna survey of 16-29-year-olds found 3 attributes young Americans associated with ‘present day Christianity’ were being antigay (91%), judgmental (87%) and hypocritical (85%). In the minds of many, the evangelical church is known more for what she’s against than for what she’s supposed to be for: bringing light, hope and great good news to a hurting world. (Church Leaders.com 10/2/17)

Not Necessary to Believe in God to Be Moral When it comes to religion and morality, 56% of Americans say belief in God is not necessary in order to be moral and have good values vs. 42% who say it is necessary. This is the first time a majority has expressed this view. In ’11, about as many said it was necessary to believe in God to be a moral person (48%) as said it was not (49%). This shift in attitudes has been accompanied by a rise in the share of Americans who do not identify with any organized religion. (Pew Research Center 10/5/17)

Official Religion 22% of the world’s nations have an official state religion and a similar share (20%) have a preferred or favored faith tradition. The majority (53%) of the 199 countries Pew Research examined, including the U.S., have no official or preferred religion. Another 5% of the world’s nations are officially hostile to religious institutions. Although a number of formerly communist countries now have official or preferred religions, all of the 10 countries that are hostile to religion are either ruled by communist governments, such as China and Cuba, or are former communist states, such as Kazakhstan. (Pew Research Center 10/3/17)

State Religious Funding 86% of countries with an official religion give religious education funding that disproportion-ately favors the official religion. In countries with an unofficial but preferred religion, 33% give disproportionate funding or resources for religious property, and 45% do so for other religious activities, including pilgrimages and salaries for clergy. (Pew Research Center 10/3/17)

Christianity is Favored in 7 in 10 countries where the government has an unofficial, but preferred religion. Most of these 28 countries are in Europe or the Americas; they include Italy, Poland and Russia, as well as Argentina and Guatemala. 4 states, including Burma (Myanmar) and Sri Lanka, favor Buddhism, while 3 nations, including Turkey and Syria, favor Islam. 5 additional countries, including Eritrea and Serbia, favor multiple faith traditions. (Pew Research Center 10/3/17)

European Conservative Scholars and intellectuals have released a manifesto, called the Paris Statement, aimed at restoring Europe to its “true genius” and actively recovering “what is best in our tradition.” It lists concerns about the growing secularization of Europe, Muslim immigration, and the rise of a “false Europe.” It outlines ways Europe can return to respecting the sovereignty of its nations, overcome “isolation and aimlessness,” and restore “true liberalism.” Included in the statement is, “The true Europe has been marked by Christianity. The universal spiritual empire of the Church brought cultural unity to Europe, but did so without political empire. This has allowed for particular civic loyalties to flourish within a shared European culture.  It is no accident that the decline of Christian faith in Europe has been accompanied by renewed efforts to establish political unity—an empire of money and regulations, covered with sentiments of pseudo-religious universalism, that is being constructed by the European Union.” The complete statement is available online in 9 languages. (LifeSite News 10/16/17)

Refugees in the U.S. Since 1980, more than 3 million of the world’s refugees have settled in America, claims a new Pew Research study. That’s more than any other country in the world, in terms of resettlement. But in recent years, the number of refugees annually resettled in the US has not grown in step with a worldwide refugee population that has grown nearly 50% since ’13. After 9-11, the number of resettled refugees dropped off sharply as vetting ramped up. Overall, half of refugees resettled in America over the past 15 years came from 4 countries: Burma (Myanmar), Iraq, Somalia, and Bhutan. The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Cuba, Ukraine, Sudan, and Russia round out the top 10. In recent years most have come from the Middle East and Africa (up from 17% in ’02 to 68% in ’17) and speak Arabic (up from 3% in ’02 to 23% in ’17). A larger share are also Muslim (up from 23% in ’02 to 39% in ’17). The share of Christians resettled dropped from 52% in ’02 to 49% in ’17. (ChristianityToday.com 10/12/17)

Religion’s Role in Government Policy, 65% of Americans say religion should be kept separate from government policies vs. 32% who say government policies should support religious values and beliefs. White evangelical Protestants are one group where a narrow majority says government policies should support religion: 54% say this, while 43% say it should be kept separate. In comparison, majorities of both black Protestants (55%) and white mainline Protestants (70%) think they should be separate. 68% of Catholics and 53% Hispanic Catholics say the two should be kept separate, while 89% of those unaffiliated say they should be kept separate. (Pew Research Center 10/5/17)

Americans on the Threshold of Religion Current estimates identify about 20% of Americans as religious nones, with the remaining 80% having some religious affiliation. However, cross-sectional surveys overlook the possibility that some people fluctuate in and out of religious affiliation, placing many on the threshold of religion. Using General Social Survey (GSS) data, analysist Michael Hout estimates 70% of Americans always have a religious affiliation, 10% never have one religious affiliation, and 20% sometimes do and sometimes don’t. Furthermore, for every 1 American who consistently rejects religion, there are 2 on the fence about it. (The Exchange 9/20/17)

Religion & Mental Health A longitudinal analysis of the health of those praying, or engaged in formal religious gatherings (post-9/11) found individually practiced spirituality was associated with more positive emotional states. Attending group religious gatherings was, on top of this, associated with fewer new mental ailments and fewer intrusive thoughts about the tragedy. (The Atlantic, 10/5/17)

White Christians accounted for 80% of the U.S. population when Jimmy Carter was President; that number had dropped to 54% by ’06, and now make up only 43%, as the number of people unaffiliated with any religion has swelled. But the GOP remains about 73% white Christian, down slightly from 10 years ago, and 35% evangelical, despite the fact that white evangelical protestants now make up only 17% of the U.S. population, according to the public policy research firm PRRI that specializes in issues of faith. By contrast, fewer than one-third of Democrats are white Christians, down from 50% a decade ago. (USA Today 9/6/17)

Minority Christians While Protestants in the U.S. remain mostly white; the share of Protestants of color has grown steadily from 17% in ’91 to 33% in ’16, according to a Public Religion Research Institute report. The American religious landscape is more diverse today than at any time since modern sociological measurements began. In fact, the number of nonwhite Protestants has grown so large that the group has surpassed white mainline Protestants, and has nearly caught up with white evangelical Protestants. Added together, minority Protestants—including black Protestants (8%), Hispanic Protestants (4%), and “Asian, mixed-race, or other” Protestants (3%)—make up 15% of the US population, while white mainliners comprise 13% and white evangelicals 17%. (ChristianityToday.com 9/6/17)

Why People Left Their Church About 5 in 10 people left their church for reasons other than a move. 46% disagreed on a theological issue, 14% had a strained relationship with someone in leadership, 10% never felt known by the community, 9% disagreed on a non-theological issue, 7% didn’t like the preaching, 5% had no opportunity to serve, 4% not enough opportunity for kids and 2% decided church was no longer a priority. (Uncomfortable, Brett McCrackin, Crossway 2017)

How Pastors Feel About Ministry 73% of U.S. pastors often feel motivated to become a better leader (vs. just 22% of all U.S. adults), 68% feel well-supported by people close to them (vs. 43%) and 60% are energized by their work (vs. 24%). 45% of U.S. pastors sometimes have feelings of inadequacy about their work or calling (vs. 22% of U.S. adults) and 54% sometimes have feelings of emotional/mental exhaustion (vs. 32%). (Barna Group 10/3/17)

Private Devotional Activities 67% of U.S. worshipers spend at least a few times a week in private devotional activities; things like reading the Bible or other devotional materials, praying, or meditating. 48% do so every day! The remaining 33% of worshipers do so once a week, occasionally, or never. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey 2/17/14)

New People are one of the key strengths of U.S. congregations the U.S. Congregational Life Survey. 33% of worshipers are new people who’ve been attending their current congregation for 5 years or less. 18% are new within the last 2 years. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey 2/17/14)

Prayer is the most common faith practice among American adults. 79% have prayed at least once in the past 3 months. A new study from Barna reveals their diverse prayer habits. What was once a more communal and corporate conception of Christian identity is now one focused primarily on the individual. This “personal” faith focus plays out most explicitly in the practice of prayer: 94% of U.S. adults who have prayed at least once in the last 3 months most often chose to pray by themselves. 82% prayed solo and silently while 13% did so audibly. Just 2% prayed with another person or group while 2% did so collectively with a church.

However, 25% of evangelicals prayed aloud while not alone. (Barna.com 8/15/17)

Less than 10% According to analysis of data Barna gathered between ’13 and ’16, practicing Christians report giving an average (median) of $1,400 a year to their church; some-where between 3 and 4% of their disposable income (based on the average U.S. net income of $39,424). (Barna.com 9/26/17)

Life is Good Overall, 91% of U.S. pastors are satisfied with their quality of life compared with 78% of practicing Christians and 62% of all U.S. adults. When it comes to their physical health, 67% of pastors say it is excellent or good compared with 73% of practicing Christians and 55% of U.S. adults. When it comes to emotional health, 85% of pastors say it’s excellent or good vs. 79% of practicing Christians and 63% of U.S. adults. As for spiritual health, 88% of pastors say theirs’ is excellent or good vs. 87% of practicing Christians and 60% of all U.S. adults. (Barna Group 10/3/17)

Suicide More than 44,000 Americans took their own lives in ’15, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Americans 15 to 34, and the 4th leading cause of death for those 35 to 44. A recent LifeWay Research study found 76% of churchgoers say suicide is a problem that needs to be addressed in their community. 32% say a close acquaintance or family member has died by suicide. Yet 80% of U.S. Protestant senior pastors believe their church is equipped to intervene with someone who is threatening suicide. (Christianity Today Online 10/2/17)

Growth in Faith 49% of all U.S. worshipers say they have experienced much growth in their faith in the last year. Another 43% have experienced some spiritual growth. The number one reason worshipers give for their growth in faith is their participation in the congregation. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey 2/17/14)

Community Service When U.S. worshipers were asked if they were involved in any community service, social service, or advocacy groups, 45% said “yes.” 18% said they were involved in these kinds of service activities through the congregation, 34% said they were involved in these kinds of groups outside the congregation. Congregations are often unaware of the community service work their worshipers do through other organizations. Likewise, community groups and others that benefit from the services of these individuals may never be aware they serve because of their religious beliefs or faith tradition. 73% donated money to a charitable organization (other than their congregation) in the previous 12 months. 50% prepared or gave food to someone outside their family or congregation. 28% loaned money to someone outside their family. 23% helped someone outside their family find a job and 22% cared for someone outside their family who was very sick while 6% went on a mission or service trip. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey 2/17/14)

Worshippers Educated The average worshiper is well educated. The U.S. Census reports 27% of the population has a college degree or higher education. Among worshipers, the figure is 47%. 94% overall have completed high school. (U.S. Congregational Life Survey 2/17/14)

Finances & Friends A LifeWay Research study found 36% of Protestant pastor wives worry every month about making ends meet. 46% say they worry about not being able to save for the future. 60% say the compensation paid by the church isn’t enough to support their family. Many also feel isolated, with few close friends other than their spouse. 62% say they can count on their spouse “a great deal” when they feel under stress. 14% say they can depend a great deal on other family members in their household, 12% other relatives, 10% friends at church, 12% friends outside church or 12% other ministers’ spouses. 55% also say they don’t have enough relationships where they can be themselves. (Baptist Press 9/12/17)

Parents’ Behavior is related to their adult children’s spiritual health, finds LifeWay Research. Young adults had higher spiritual health scores if they grew up with parents who spent time: •Reading the Bible several times a week. •Taking part in a service project or church mission trip as a family. •Sharing their faith with unbelievers. •Encouraging teens to serve in church. •Asking forgiveness when they messed up as parents. •Encouraging their children's unique talents and interests. •Taking annual family vacations. •Attending churches with teaching that emphasized what the Bible says. •Teaching their children to tithe. Essentially, it’s showing kids what practicing your faith looks like. (Baptist Press 10/17/17)

Teen Suicide According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of suicide for girls 15–19 doubled between ’07 and ’15, and there was a smaller though significant uptick in suicide rates for boys. (ChristianityToday.com 10-13-17.

People Are Living Longer, more expensive lives, often without much of a safety net. As a result, nearly 1 in 5 of Americans over 65 are working. Although some work by choice rather than need, millions of others are entering their golden years with alarmingly fragile finances. Today, 9 million senior citizens work vs. 4 million in ’00. Two recent recessions have devastated personal savings. And at a time when 10,000 baby boomers are turning 65 every day, Social Security benefits have lost about a 3rd of their purchasing power since ’00. Even people who manage to save for retirement often face a grim calculation: Among people 55 and 64 who have retirement accounts, the median value of those accounts is just over $120,000, according to the Federal Reserve. (Washington Post 9/29/17)

Seniors Benefit Greatly from Exercise The amount of exercise Americans get is closely linked to their level of optimism about their lives. However, this relationship is much stronger among older adults than younger adults. U.S. adults 65 and older who report exercising regularly (30+ minutes at least 3 days the prior week) are 32% more likely than those who say they did not exercise at all to have high optimism. This compares with a 6% bump for those younger than 30 who exercise regularly. (Gallup.com 9/19)

What Is a Generous Act? According to The Generosity Gap, a new Barna report, people differ when it comes to envisioning an act of generosity. “Service” (32%) and “emotional / relational support” (30%) are the two most popular responses among American Christians when asked what actions they associate with the concept of “giving to others.” 22% say giving money, while 12% say “hospitality” or 5% “gifts.” (Barna.com 9/26/17)

Being Inspiring, Caring and Visionary are the most important factors relating to workers’ overall evaluation of the performance of their company’s president, leader or CEO, followed by being prepared and courageous. And, being enthusiastic, competitive and intense are the least related to the overall rating of CEOs by workers. Emphasizing success and being analytical are also only marginally related to how the performance of CEOs is rated. (Gallup 9/26/17)

Liars A recent survey by financial company, LearnVest, found more than one-third of men and 26% of women admit to posting fake vacation photos to social media. The numbers break down further to a startling 56% of millennials involved in such behavior. (Movie Guide 10/3/17)

Challenges Facing Women 55% of Americans say “there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead than men,” while 42% say “the obstacles that once made it harder for women than men to get ahead are now largely gone.” 64% of women and 51% of men say there are still significant obstacles that make it harder for women to get ahead, while 34% say they are largely gone. (Pew Research Center 10/5/17)

Fewer NFL Fans The percentage of U.S. adults who self-identify as professional football fans has fallen from 67% in ’12 to 57% today. In contrast, every other sport measured in the Gallup survey, except for Olympic sports, did not change meaningfully from 5 years ago. Men, older Americans, whites and Americans with at least a college degree have shown the greatest declines. (Gallup 10/13/17)

Pressure & Perfectionism 74% of girls in the U.S. say they are under pressure to please everyone. 98% of girls feel there is an immense pressure from external sources to look a certain way. 92% of teen girls would like to change some-thing about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. 90% of eating disorders are found in girls. 1 in 4 girls today fall into a clinical diagnosis – depression, eating disorders, cutting, and other mental/emotional disorders. On top of these, many more report being constantly anxious, sleep deprived, and under significant pressure. By age 13, 53% of American girls are “unhappy with their bodies.”  This grows to 78% by the time girls reach 17. (Real Girls, Real Pressure: National Report on the State of Self-Esteem, HeartofLeadership.org 2017)

Teens & Self Esteem Low self-esteem is a thinking disorder in which an individual views him/herself as inadequate, unlovable, and/or incompetent. Once formed, this negative view permeates every thought, producing faulty assumptions and ongoing self-defeating behavior.  Among high school students, 44% of girls and 15% of guys are attempting to lose weight. Over 70% of girls, 15 to 17, avoid normal daily activities, such as attending school, when they feel bad about their looks. More than 40% of boys in middle school and high school regularly exercise with the goal of increasing muscle mass. 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting, bullying, smoking, drinking, or disordered eating. This compares to 25% of girls with high self-esteem. About 20% of teens will experience depression before they reach adulthood. Teen girls that have a negative view of themselves are 4 times more likely to take part in activities with boys that they’ve ended up regretting later. The top wish among all teen girls is for their parents to communicate better with them. 38% of boys in middle school and high school reported using protein supplements and nearly 6% admitted to experimenting with steroids. (DoSomething.org 2017)

The Danger More Pressing than Sex & Drugs Gen Z teens (born between the early 1990s and mid-2000s) in the early 2010s tried alcohol later and had sex far less often compared with their predecessors, finds researchers. About 54% of high-school students in ’91 reported having had sex, vs. only 41% in the early 2010s. Gen Zs are less likely to drive, work for pay, go on dates, or socialize without their parents. While at home, they are largely glued to their smartphones. They are highly active on social media sites that create an illusion of community that research shows actually increases isolation. San Diego State Univ. psychology professor, Jean M. Twenge, warns “the twin rise of the smartphone and social media has caused an earthquake of a magnitude we’ve not seen in a very long time, if ever. There is compelling evidence that the devices we’ve placed in young people’s hands are having profound effects on their lives—and making them seriously unhappy.” This may be why, for the first time in 24 years, suicide rates passed homicide rates as the leading cause of death for teens. The research is clear that increased screen time coupled with isolation has a direct impact on a teenager’s mental health. The more time teens spend looking at screens, the more likely they are to report symptoms of depression. 8th graders who are heavy users of social media increase their risk of depression by 27%, while those who play sports, go to religious services, or even do homework more than the average teen cut their risk significantly. (ChurchLeaders.com 9/19/19)

Life Expectancy Today, the average global life expectancy for women is 75.3 and 69.8 for men. Japan has the highest life expectancy (83.9 both sexes combined), and the Central African Republic has the lowest (50.2). Since 1970, men have added 13.5 years to their average life expectancy globally and women nearly 15 years. Poor diets are associated with nearly 1 in 5 of all deaths. U.S. life expectancy for someone born in ’16 is 76 for men and 81 for women. A U.S. man who is now 65 can expect to live another 18 years; a woman can expect to live another 20. In Canada, life expectancy is nearly 80 for men and 84 for women. In France, it’s 79 and 85. (NBC News 9/15/17)

The Overpopulation Myth We often hear from population doomsayers “the population of the world is doubling every 35 years” and “we have 90 million new mouths to feed every year.” In reality, the rate of world population increase has been declining steeply since 1970, when it was 2.05% per year, to the current rate of 1.09% per year. According to the U.N. Population Information Network, if current population rates hold steady the population of the world will stop growing between 2050 and 2075. At that point, the world population will begin to rapidly decline. For the doomsayers, this is welcome news; yet, we are already seeing the negative consequences of a declining population. Look at Europe where the continent is actually losing more than a million people per year, and will lose nearly half of its population by the year 2100. (LifeSite News 9/25/16)

Physicians Oppose Euthanasia The American College of Physicians (ACP) argues medicine’s goal is not to control the manner and timing of death. Amid increasing attempts to legalize euthanasia, the nation’s second-largest network of physicians has officially spoken out against it. ACP wrote in a position statement published 9/19/17 in the Annals of Internal Medicine that its 152,000 medical professionals stand against the legalization of physician-assisted suicide, “the practice of which raises ethical, clinical, and other concerns. Control over the manner and timing of a person’s death has not been and should not be a goal of medicine. However, through high-quality care, effective communication, compassionate support, and the right resources, physicians can help patients control many aspects of how they live out life’s last chapter.” (Baptist Press 9/26/17)

Sexually Transmitted Diseases rose to an all-time high in the U.S. last year, reports the CDC. There were more than 2 million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported nationwide in ’16, the highest number ever. Most of the new 1.6 million cases diagnosed were chlamydia which affects both sexes. But gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men led for both gonorrhea and syphilis. While gonorrhea increased among men and women, the sharpest increases were among men at 22%. These trends are alarming in light of growing drug resistance to the last remaining recommended gonorrhea treatment. Also, there was a 36% increase in rates of syphilis among women and a 28% increase in syphilis among newborns. These led to “more than 40 deaths and severe health complications among newborns.” Curable with antibiotics, all 3 STDs can have serious health consequences such as infertility, life-threatening ectopic pregnancy, infant stillbirth and increased risk for HIV transmission if untreated. (LifeSite News 9/27/17)

At High Risk Members of the transgender population are at much higher risk of a variety of mental health problems vs. those who are non-transgender. Alarmingly, the rate of lifetime suicide attempts across all ages of transgenders is estimated at 41% vs. less than 5% in the overall U.S. population. One study found, compared with controls, sex-reassigned persons are 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and 19 times more likely to die by suicide. (LifeSite News 9/25/17)

Transgender Students Are Self-Harming The pro-gay Stonewall school report for Scotland with the Univ. of Cambridge shows 96% of the country’s transgender youth engage in self-destructive behavior, including cutting themselves. 40% have tried to commit suicide. The report also found “incredibly high levels” of mental health issues in transgenders. The study surveyed more than 400 LGBTQI Scottish students. 60% of homosexuals also self-harm, the survey found, with 25% committing suicide. U.S. statistics are not much brighter for homosexual and transgender young people. The largest survey of transgenders in the U.S. found nearly half were victims of sexual assault, 77% have been victims of partner violence, nearly 40% admit to serious mental health problems, and 40% have attempted suicide. (LifeSite News 9/29/17)

Pro-Life or Pro-Choice According to the American Culture & Faith Institute, 47% of U.S. adults claim to be pro-choice while 38% claim to be pro-life and 8% said they held neither position. The remaining 8% were not sure. However, when the intensity of one’s position is taken into account, the difference between the two sides is reduced. Overall, 31% said they were strongly pro-choice compared to 24% who said they were strongly pro-life. 23% of all adults want abortion to be legal under any and all circumstances, 33% want it to be legal under most but not all circumstances, 24% want it to be illegal under most circumstances while 10% want to outlaw abortion in all situations and 11% aren’t sure. 36% believe abortion is immoral, 23% say abortion is a moral act, while 24% say it is not a moral issue while 16% do not know. (American Culture & Faith Institute  9/27/17)

Pricey Deception Since 1996 the U.S. and other developed nations have spent over $65 billion on anti-life programs in Africa, $150 billion in countries around the world, with little to show for it except paternalism, exploitation, and violation of peoples and cultures. (LifeSite News 9/25/16)

Value of Life When U.S. adults were asked what, if anything, makes human life valuable, the most common view, held by 38% was people are made in the image of God or that life is a gift from God. 17% said life is of value by the mere fact that we exist, while another 17% said our potential to become something greater or more productive and 14% said from what we are able to accomplish. 4% said life matters and is valued because humans can identify a purpose for living. Just 2% said life does not have value but 8% said they are not sure how to identify whether and why life has value. (American Culture & Faith Institute  9/27/17)

 

Fast Facts:

  • Men are more likely than women to actively experience spiritual doubt (32% vs. 20%).
  • Among white evangelicals who attended college, 81% believe in sola fide or 72% in sola scriptura and 65% believe both.
  • According to a recent Barna study, only 3% of Americans have an authentic biblical worldview.
  • There are more than 2,000 verses on money or financially related subjects in Scripture.
  • 81% of fulltime senior pastors in the U.S. receive a housing allowance, while 11% receive a parsonage allowance.
  • Just 28% of white evangelical households make less than $30,000 a year.
  • Millennials (38%) currently experience about twice as much spiritual doubt as any of the other generational groups (23% Gen-Xers, 19% Boomers, and 20% Elders).
  • Almost 1 in 5 churchgoers say they never read the Bible.
  • 27% of millennial evangelicals say, “growing immigrant population is a change for the better.”
  • According to a ’16 Barna report, the Bible remains the world’s most-read book.
  • Americans 18-44 are twice as likely (14%) as those 45 and older (7%) to say sin doesn’t exist.
  • 82% of evangelistic pastors lead their church to pray for non-Christians by name at least once a month.
  • 82% of U.S. Muslims say they are either very (66%) or somewhat concerned (16%) about extremism committed in the name of Islam around the world.
  • God or the divine is mentioned at least once in each of the 50 state constitutions and nearly 200 times overall,
  • 93%-94% of churches are not effectively evangelistic.
  • Amazon has more than 304 million active users and accounts for 53% of all online retail sales in the U.S.
  • According to LivePerson research 65% of Gen Z and Millennial consumers prefer communicating with friends/family via their phone rather than in person.
  • New Research indicates that the adolescent mind doesn’t fully mature into adulthood until about age 25.
  • Rates of teen depression and suicide have skyrocketed since ’11.
  • 42% of Americans think the government should tax unhealthy behavior.
  • 8th graders who spend 10 or more hours a week on social media are 56% more likely to say they’re unhappy than those who devote less time to social media.
  • The proportion of dual-income couples in Singapore grew to 52.3% in ’16, up from 47.1% in ’10.
  • 83% of Millennials have their cell phone next to them while they sleep at night.
  • According to Business Insider, the average Millennial exchanges an average of 67 text messages per day.
  • 41% of Millennials do not have a landline phone installed in their home.
  • Itemizing taxpayers, who tend to both earn more and donate more, gave away $217 billion in 2015.
  • Americans will buy costumes, candy, and pumpkins for a record $9.1 billion in Halloween spending this year.
  • A ’16 Nielsen report calculates that the average American devotes more than 10 hours per day to consuming media—including radio, TV and all electronic devices.
  • Google, Facebook and Amazon have a combined market cap of a whopping $1.6 trillion.
  • Just 13% of U.S. workers worry about technology making their jobs obsolete.
  • Since the peak in ’11, there are now 2.4 million fewer students enrolled in college today.
  • 80% of U.S. kids say fidget spinners are really popular and 70% are using them.
  • 27% of U.S. adults didn’t read a single book in the past 12 months.

 

Research and Trends information compiled by Gary D Foster Consulting - www.GaryDFoster.com

 

 
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