Date of Graduation

Spring 2016

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Mass Media - Communication

Research Sponsor

Val Pipps

First Reader

Juan Contreras

Second Reader

Kathleen Clark

Abstract

The purpose of this feature article is to identify the reasons why some social media users disclose their religious beliefs through sites such as Facebook and Twitter. According to the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of Americans share their faith online. After a series of in-depth interviews, I discovered that for some, religious-related posts serve as personal religious reminders. Others share their religious views on social media to feel a sense of community, or to eliminate stereotypes and ignorance surrounding their religion.