I saw this:
Anyone have any thoughts as to why this may be? Personally, I feel that non-religious might be inclined to be a bit more honest in a survey. But that's, just my opinion.
I agree with everyone's points. Though, I'm still new and grasping the whole Pancake thing. Hopefully you don't think I'm arguing for the religious, because I'm not.
I know that surveys are always going to have problems and slants. I just found it interesting that when taken as a general result that they concluded that religious people lead healthier lives.
Though I suppose the definition of "healthier life" can be wide ranging. Many Scientologists and other cult members probably feel very healthy. Doesn't mean it's true. Especially mentally.
Thanks for that. Hopefully I didn't come across as nonsensical, haha.
But I'm with the meme, now. Pancake it up.
Hi all. First time poster. Love the site. Lurked a little while, but do like what I am seeing.
As to this thread. I see a lot about the healthy lifestyle, but a few thing were forgotten in this study.
For example, they work out a lot more, and smoke less. But I seem to notice a lot of the same lot as of late doing:
1.Sexual abuse of minors
3.Gay prostitution/solicitation thereof
4.Addiction/rebound rates higher
I could go on, but I digress. And, those who have committed the above atrocities usual end up becoming born again somehow which allows them to be forgiven/moved to another parish/etc.
So, while they live longer, their constituents/victims don't? Just an idea, not set in stone, or given to a holy man on a hill or anything.
I think there are a few issues with the study from a methodological standpoint which need to be considered before we even get to the results.
Firstly random digit dialling would work in the US since most people have telephones. However, the time of day in which the calls were made may introduce a bias in the sample. More importantly for this though i think is volunteer bias. It seems, as someone posted earlier, that americans over report religious involvement and that this sample is perhaps overly religious which makes me think that those who volunteered were also those who generally dont respond truthfully. There is also the question of how they divided the sample using only 2 items, thats an issue for me.
As for the results, most of them are pretty small actually considering the sample size. I would like to see some standard deviations and ANOVA results with a very small p value since the sample is so big and not just a presented mean difference between religious and non-religious.