U.S. religious landscape on twitter

Lu Chen, Ingmar Weber, Adam Okulicz-Kozaryn

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Abstract

Religiosity is a powerful force shaping human societies, affecting domains as diverse as economic growth or the ability to cope with illness. As more religious leaders and organizations as well as believers start using social networking sites (e.g., Twitter, Facebook), online activities become important extensions to traditional religious rituals and practices. However, there has been lack of research on religiosity in online social networks. This paper takes a step toward the understanding of several important aspects of religiosity on Twitter, based on the analysis of more than 250k U.S. users who self-declared their religions/belief, including Atheism, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism. Specifically, (i) we examine the correlation of geographic distribution of religious people between Twitter and offline surveys. (ii) We analyze users’ tweets and networks to identify discriminative features of each religious group, and explore supervised methods to identify believers of different religions. (iii) We study the linkage preference of different religious groups, and observe a strong preference of Twitter users connecting to others sharing the same religion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Informatics - 6th International Conference, SocInfo 2014, Proceedings
EditorsLuca Maria Aiello, Daniel McFarland
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages544-560
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783319137339
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014
Event6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Nov 11 2014Nov 13 2014

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume8851
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Social Informatics, SocInfo 2014
Country/TerritorySpain
CityBarcelona
Period11/11/1411/13/14

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)

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