National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

Religious and Involved

Facts of Life

BY The Editors

January 29-February 11, 2012 Issue | Posted 1/20/12 at 6:22 PM

 

“Compared with those who are not involved with such organizations, religiously active Americans are more trusting of others, are more optimistic about their impact on their community, think more highly of their community, are more involved in more organizations of all kinds, and devote more time to the groups to which they are active,” according to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, which “asked people about their membership in 28 different kinds of organizations and clubs. Religious and spiritual organizations topped the list, and those who were active in such groups were more active in all kinds of groups. The average number of groups that religiously active Americans are active in is 5.61, and those who are not involved with religious groups participate in 2.11 groups.

“Those who are active in religious groups spend an average of 7.5 hours per week in group activities, compared with 5.4 hours for those not active in a religious group.”