More than HALF of young people are praying online during pandemic: ‘Staggering’ new figures show 18-24-year-olds are most likely to turn to God in lockdown

  • The poll shows that ‘staggering’ numbers of 18-24 year old’s been turning to god
  • Rev Dr Peter Phillips, told a recent webinar he was ‘shocked’ by the high take-up
  • Survey interviewed 2,244 adults aged 18-plus online between July 31- August 3

More than half of young people have been praying online during the pandemic, new figures have revealed.

The poll showed that ‘staggering’ numbers of 18-24 year old’s have been turning to god during the lockdown after places of worship were forced to close to help curb the pandemic.

Online services streamed on social media platforms such as YouTube have become normalised and are being increasingly utilised to help communities stay connected even if you can’t meet up face-to-face.

Rev Dr Peter Phillips, director of the Centre for Digital Religion at Durham University, told a recent webinar he was ‘shocked’ by the high take-up of online services by young people.

A stock image of a young woman praying at her computer in a shop or cafe 

The survey run by Savanta Comes showed that more than half of young people aged 18 to 24 were engaging in online worship, as reported by the Religion Media Centre. 

Consultants asked the online panel asked members of an online panel what their experience was of online worship during lockdown and found that 45 per cent of 18 to 34-year-olds and 49 per cent of 25 to 34-year-olds prayed in July.

The survey interviewed 2,244 UK adults aged 18-plus online between July 31 and August 3.

Young people were also asked why the wanted to engage with online services and said it was to be ‘closer to god.’

Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner, senior rabbi to Reform Judaism, told the online webinar that the future of services in Judaism would be a dual experience.

A young woman is sitting in a kitchen by a table with a laptop and is praying

And Dr Abdul-Azim Ahmed of Cardiff University said that many muslims had already adapted well to utilising social media.

Meanwhile mosques have been using radio communication so people can hear the imam’s call to prayer.

Dr Phillips added that a group of people not previously engaged with religion were now starting to take part in online religion. 

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