January 21, 2014
Texting God: Professor Uses Mobile to Gauge Spirituality
Associate Professor of Sociology Professor Bradley Wright of the University of Connecticut has all types of questions for his research: Did you pray in the last 24 hours? To what extent are you feeling nurtured or angry with God? Do you feel a sense of purpose right now? Wireless Week reports.
And he'd like the answers in real time, launching soulpulse.com, a website that sends texts to smartphones that it's time for participants to take the twice-daily survey. It's part of an ambitious look by Wright and other researchers into the role of spirituality in the daily lives of Americans and its links to well-being.
Wright is hoping the effort will shed light on a wide range of issues: Do people feel closer to God or more distant after they're on Facebook? How did attending church service affect them? Does spirituality help with social isolation? Does amount of sleep affect spiritual awareness?
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