Shocking news to all of us, I’m sure:
Users of social bookmarking sites like Reddit and Digg are overwhelmingly non-religious. Well, that, or we all just enjoy looking at pictures/articles/websites that poke fun at religious people and their beliefs.
A 2-year-old survey of Digg users showed a significant concentration of atheists and agnostics. Because Digg’s content is submitted and voted on by the users, the stories promoted to the website’s homepage reflect the audience.
Digg isn’t exactly religion-friendly, so it naturally doesn’t attract a very spiritual crowd. “If you were into religion and you went to that site, and you thought that you weren’t connecting with anyone, then you wouldn’t spend a lot of time there,” said Diane Winston, professor of media and religion at the University of Southern California.
YouTube also has its atheist niche. A search for “atheist” yields 124,000 results, and several of those videos have been watched hundreds of thousands of times. Granted, a search for “Christianity” returns 862,000, but many of those contain content critical of the religion.
This doesn’t surprise me. Reddit even has a separate “atheism” subcategory.Other thoughts:
— There are a lot more atheists out there than anyone knows about. If we can harness even some of this energy and passion, we could get a lot done. On a small scale, the Atheist Bus Campaign. On a large scale, a Unity conference? Elect more atheist Congresspeople? Make sure there is no federal money going to groups discriminating against atheists and gays?
— If we make our presence known on these sites and help spread our messages about reason and logic, there is a good chance a lot of religious people will hear those thoughts for the first time in their lives.
— Our country is still made of up of mostly religious people. Why are they not using these sites? Or is there a third-rate Christian version of Digg similar to the third-rate Christian versions of everything else secular?