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The Relationship Between Religiosity and Internet Use

TitleThe Relationship Between Religiosity and Internet Use
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsArmfield, GG, Holbert, RL
JournalJournal of Media and Religion
Keywordsinternet, religion

With the solidifying of the Internet as an influential form of mediated communica- tion has come a surge of activity among media scholars looking into what leads indi- viduals to use this emerging technology. This study focuses on religiosity as a poten- tial predictor of Internet activity, and uses a combination of secularization theory and uses and gratifications theory as a foundation from which to posit a negative relation between these 2 variables. Religiosity is found to retain a significant negative relation with Internet use at the zero order, and remains a robust negative predictor of the cri- terion variable even after accounting for a host of demographic, contextual, and situ- ational variables. Ramifications for these findings are discussed and an outline for fu- ture research building on our analyses is provided.