Pew report says young adults worldwide less religious than older adults
A study by the Pew Research Center found that young adults worldwide are generally less religious than older adults by a variety of measures.
The study, which drew upon previous surveys by Pew, concluded that this was true regardless of the predominant religion in the country, its level of economic development, or its level of religiosity. It defined young people as those under 40 years of age and older people as those 40 or older.
The study noted projections indicate countries whose populations are growing fastest are very religious, while countries projected to have shrinking or stagnant population levels tend to be less religious.
In addition to determining the differences between the rates of religious observance of younger and older people, the study, published in mid-June, attempted to identify possible causes for those differences.
As life expectancy, the average amount of schooling, income equality, and gross domestic product increase, the study found that religious observance decreases, with very few exceptions.
For example, of the 102 countries included in the report, the United States was the only one with an above-average GDP per capita and an above-average rate of daily prayer.
Picture: Young people attend a music festival in Nagykovacsi, Hungary, on 14th June. A study by the Pew Research Center released June 13 found that young adults worldwide are generally less religious than older adults by a variety of measures. (CNS photo/Balazs Mohai, EPA).Tags: adults, Pew, Pew Center, religious, worldwide, young