Facebook Use and Bible Reading

Facebook is the place to be apparently, unless you are a kid. But if you’re an old guy like me, Facebook is where old people are.

Facebook is a handy tool. I use it to keep in touch with family and friends scattered abroad, as well as keep in touch with church folks and news feeds of places I’m interested in. It’s nice.

Plus Words With Friends.

Is Facebook usage a problem? Is it old person’s internet heroine?

Facebook, which celebrates its 10th anniversary Tuesday, says worldwide it has 757 million daily active users. Of those 19 percent are in the U.S. and Canada, so that’s more than 143 million people checking Facebook daily.

The Bible used to be the go-to for statistics about reading, pre-digital age. A 2006 CBS News poll found 15 percent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily. There are about 267 million adults in the U.S. and Canada. That means about 40 million people reading the Bible daily.

So, what you’re telling me is, if I do read the Bible ever day, I don’t have to feel guilt about checking Facebook?

The fact that more people check Facebook than read the Bible isn’t too shocking to me. However, what is not included in this news are all the pictures with Bible verses plastered on them that fill most Facebook news feeds.

Surely that must count for something.


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