Gen Z is Less Religious or Spiritual Than Older Generations? That’s A Myth.
One of the prevailing narratives about Gen Z is that they are moving further and further away from religion and belief, contributing to the rise of the Nones (or those unaffiliated, agnostic, atheist, etc.) and a general decline of religion (Christianity in particular) in the United States.
Yet, our data tell a different story.
Findings from Springtide surveys and interviews completed in 2022 show that 68 percent of young people, ages 13-25, consider themselves as least slightly religious. Seventy-seven percent say they are at least slightly spiritual. Young people may not be flocking to places of worship each week, but these figures suggest that religion and spirituality are still very much a part of their identities, and they remain deeply interested in developing their faith – in whatever form that may take.
They also note that these connections to faith do contribute to their overall wellbeing. Below, read what young people are saying about faith and how it affects both their inner and outer lives.