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Poch Peralta

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Is the Internet Taking Away America’s Religion?

Can using the Internet destroy your faith? If so, how much does that affect you?
'...That’s the conclusion of a study showing that the dramatic drop in religious affiliation in the U.S. since 1990 is closely mirrored by the increase in Internet use.

'Back in 1990, about 8 percent of the U.S. population had no religious preference. By 2010, this percentage had more than doubled to 18 percent. That’s a difference of about 25 million people, all of whom have somehow lost their religion...'
http://www.technologyreview.com/view/526111/how-the-internet-is-taking-away-americas-religion/

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  • May 3 2014: People get bored. Faith is an indulgence. An increase in wealth allows us to indulge in more things.
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      May 3 2014: And increase in wealth allows us to indulge in the Net and the Net can almost surely take anyone's boredom away.
  • Apr 25 2014: Were you aware that the lack of pirates is causing global warming? It's true! There's a strong correlation between the decline in piracy over the last century and average global temperatures!

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/erikaandersen/2012/03/23/true-fact-the-lack-of-pirates-is-causing-global-warming/
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      Apr 25 2014: Yes Bryan. I seem to remember reading about it but it's amazing how it amazed me when you mentioned it!
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    Apr 25 2014: This is off topic but I need to voice out:
    I made the mistake of tagging myself as a TED Member in my Wordpress profile---same with my TED profile---because I misunderstood a TED team message when I was accepted as a translator. I have corrected that.