Facebook Use Exceeds Bible Reading
More Americans Check Facebook Daily
than Read the Bible
Facebook’s numbers are epic. More Americans check Facebook daily than read the Bible and it has more monthly users worldwide than most continents have people.
Facebook, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this month, says it has 757 million daily active users worldwide. Of those, 19 percent are in the U.S. and Canada, so that’s more than 143 million people checking Facebook daily.
The Bible used to be the go-to for statistics about reading, pre-digital age. A 2006 CBS News poll found 15 percent of U.S. adults read the Bible or other religious texts daily. There are about 267 million adults in the U.S. and Canada. That means about 40 million people reading the Bible daily. A more recent study by the Barna Group found that 26 percent of Americans read their Bibles four or more times each week; that translates to 67.6 million, still less than half the number of daily Facebook users.
Facebook’s numbers are staggering. According to an Associated Press report, about 400 billion photos have been shared on Facebook. “If you printed them out four to a page on regular-sized sheets of paper and put the 100 billion sheets end to end, they would stretch for about 17 million miles,” the report said. “That's enough snapshots to reach to the moon and back 34 times.”