Big Data Analysis

Since the advent of user-focused and user-generated technologies with Web 2.0, the early 2000s witnessed both an expansion and democratization of digital technologies. This has occurred with significant shifts in how people practice religion and belief through digital technology. Social scientists who engage in the study of religion and belief through the digital social must also recognize that the digital world actively constitutes notions such as social institutions, social networks, embodiment, and identity.

The field of digital religion, including disciplines such as sociology, media studies, and religious studies, deals with religion as experienced in interactions, groups, and communities online. This entry outlines the emergence of big data in this space as well as its uses and limitations when researching religion online. The entry further outlines ...

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