Virtual Vices Reveal Shift in American Morality
As the Internet and other media invade American life, our vices have gone virtual, according to a new study. Nearly half of Americans say they are tempted to idle the hours away on the Internet, video games and television, according to Barna Group, a California-based Christian research organization. And more than one in four American men admit to struggling with Internet pornography or other sexually inappropriate material online. Millennials â€” Americans born between the early 1980s and 2000s â€” are most likely to seek forbidden fruits online, according to Barna.
The technological temptations reflect a shift in American morality, said David Kinnaman, Barnaâ€™s president. Vice now â€œshadows many of the digital domains of contemporary life,â€ he said. â€œFor faith leaders, this shift underscores the importance of including technology and media as part of a broader discussion of spirituality and stewardship.â€