Online Religious Services Appeal to Many Americans, but Going in Person Remains More Popular

June 5, 2023 | Pew Research Center

About a quarter of U.S. adults regularly watch religious services online; 21% use apps or websites to help with reading scripture


WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 2, 2023) – It’s been clear for more than two years that the video technology that helped Americans stay in touch with relatives, friends and colleagues during COVID-19 lockdowns also helped many to connect with houses of worship. What wasn’t clear, though, was how people felt about these virtual experiences. Would they keep watching services on screens, even after they thought it was safe to attend in person? What did they like about joining services remotely? What didn’t they like? A new survey from Pew Research Center sought to address these questions.

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