Many Americans claim to be religious and claim to attend their religious services regularly.
Many Americans are liars.
A new study shows that when asked on the phone more people said they attended services weekly, while when asked on the internet the number of attenders shrunk. Conclusion being:
“The existence of religious participation inflation demonstrates that church attendance remains a strong social norm in the U.S. The impact of these norms is that respondents talking to live interviewers on the telephone are less willing to admit lower levels of participation in an activity deemed to be socially good. Respondents completing the survey privately online are less apt to feel this pressure.”
In other words, there is a perceived pressure by Americans to attend church, so when asked by a live person people will lie about church attendance.
I have my own interpretation of this study:
–People who don’t go to church regularly are liars.