Saturday, April 23, 2016

Study finds: Teens are fleeing religion like never before

By David Chutlashvili

Every religion is rapidly losing the youngest generation of Americans, according to new research.
'America’s rising generation of adults are the least religiously observant of any generation in six decades, determined an expansive study led by Jean Twenge, a psychology professor at San Diego State.
“Unlike previous studies, ours is able to show that millennials’ lower religious involvement is due to cultural change, not to millennials being young and unsettled,” Twenge says in a San Diego State University news release.
In one of the largest studies ever conducted on Americans’ religious involvement, researchers from Case Western Reserve University and the University of Georgia collaborated with Twenge and her colleagues in California to analyze data from four national surveys of U.S. adolescents between the ages of 13 and 18.  The surveys were taken between 1966 and 2014, and include responses from some 11.2 million people.
The researchers’ findings were published this month in PLOS One.
According to Twenge and her cohorts, today’s adolescents view religion as less important, report less “approval” of religious organizations, and spend less time on prayer than did their similarly-aged predecessors. Compared to their peers in the late 1970s, 75 percent more American 12th graders, the paper finds, believe that religion is “not important at all” in their lives.
Twenge cites a surge of individualism as the force behind atheism’s relative appeal to a young, self-centric generation. She’s literally written the book on the subject: “Generation Me.” In it, Twenge provides academic rationale to support the allegation that children born in the 1980s and 1990s form an “Entitlement Generation,” which she describes as being “tolerant, confident, open-minded, and ambitious but also disengaged, narcissistic, distrustful, and anxious.”
“These trends are part of a larger cultural context, a context that is often missing in polls about religion,” Twenge says. “One context is rising individualism in U.S. culture. Individualism puts the self first, which doesn’t always fit well with the commitment to the institution and other people that religion often requires. As Americans become more individualistic, it makes sense that fewer would commit to religion.”
The study also notes an “increasing acknowledgment that religion is not consistent with scientific understanding” could be driving adolescents away from religion.  It is possible that “debates about teaching creationism or intelligent design in U.S. schools, such as those in Kansas in 2005, pushed some young people away from religion,” Twenge and her colleagues write in the study.
The generational decline of religion’s appeal in America has been documented in other studies as well, including one published last year by Massachusetts computer scientist Allen Downey. Downey’s conclusion as to why Americans are turning to atheism contrasts with Twenge’s, however. As noted by the MIT Technology review, Downey finds unprecedented access to information afforded by the Internet to be a major factor in determining a person’s inclination to embrace religion. The Internet, Downey argues, could be as significant a variable as childhood religious upbringing in influencing an individual’s spiritual outcomes,' reports RawStory.

I imagine how sad, restless, angry and depressed all religious assholes are, if they read this news, but I think this news is super. Because the world without religions is the world without homophobia, misogyny, oppression, racism, wars and poverty. But people must be voluntary atheists without compulsion. Because the Soviet Union forced people to be atheists and that had no future, no positive consequences (After the end of the Soviet Union, almost all "atheists" had become fanatics). In America no one forces the young people to become atheists. And it is excellent that they are atheists. I hope in this century religion will gradually disappear in every country. And this future will be very cool.

I love this generation.

A young atheist (Roypetitfils)

12 comments:

  1. That is the best news we could hear, religion is the gateway drug to all drugs. It blocks intelligence.

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  2. The whole "generation me" nonsense will fall by the wayside just as readily as religion itself. It's not that we're becoming more individualist (no, that's Boomers like the Generation Me author herself), it's that we're becoming more collectivist. We believe in institutions, the empirical, the verifiable. We stopped believing in Santa at 10 years old.

    Better than Generation Me would be the book: The Fourth Turning

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  3. Best thing I've read in awhile! Religion blocks intelligence is so accurate! The more we educate our young people, the more they'll use their minds for really important items! Like research, IT, etc.

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    1. interesting when someone's opinion then becomes a source of truth.

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    2. interesting when someone's opinion then becomes a source of truth.

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    3. ''Truth in matters of religion is simply the opinion that has survived''. Oscar Wilde.

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  4. People mix up religion with faith! Religions have always been the grounds of the con artists and the Internet is showing them for who and what they are!
    People have faith like never before, but not religions! And that is how it should be!

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    1. NO!!! Faith is belief without evidence and often in the face of evidence to the contrary. That is simply dishonesty.
      People have reasonable expectations about things based on evidence, which is great, but faith is foolish. No one needs faith in anything.

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    2. Please explain what you mean by this. I have faith in myself.

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    3. Brianna Lapoint - "Faith is belief without evidence". What more of an explanation or definition do you need? You say you have faith. Good! Now WHY do you have faith? Let me just assume that you believe in God. Okay, so do you have evidence that God actually exists? No, you don't, and no matter how hard you try, you'll never get it. Yet, you believe. So YOU explain it - WHY do you faith?

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  5. What pushed me away from Christianity is the way Christians treat each other. Then they try to say those arent true christians. Hypocracy, coupled with some hateful words from former christian friends was the nail in the coffin. Not having it, and i noticed there are older people going back to Christianity. Good riddance, if thats what they want, so be it. As for myself, im not going back. Not after the experiences ive had.

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  6. So proud to be an ex Muslim.
    Rule atheism and science.

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