(WREG-TV) The number of Americans who say they have no religious preference more than doubled from 1990 to 2010 from 8 to 18%.
The question many are asking is what caused that change?
Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, wanted to know why.
Downey says Americans losing their faith can be attributed to several factors.
Those include a jump in the number of people going to college where they mix with those of other faiths or no faith.
It also appears the number of people raising their family in a religious atmosphere during that time dropped
The most controversial reason given by Downey is the proliferation of the internet.
The study found by 2010 25 percent of Americans surfed the internet for more than 7 hours per week.
This increase closely matches the decrease in religious affiliation.
According to the study, “What Downey has found is correlations and any statistician will tell you that correlations do not imply causation.”
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Why are Americans losing their religion?