This graph will put a smile on your face.
The numbers, from a study called “The American Freshman,” show that college freshmen are abandoning their faith labels in record number, with self-professed “Nones” comprising more than 27% of students, the highest percentage in 40 years.
In 1971, 17.3% of men and 13.5% of women did not affiliate with any religion. By 2014, those figures had moved to 30% of men and 25.4% of women selecting “none” as their religious preference. These gender differences are consistent throughout the 40-year-plus history of the item.
That won’t stop me from feeling optimistic. I want this trend to continue because we’re better off living in a society where religion doesn’t have the influence it does now. A religion-free world won’t solve all of our problems, but it’s hard to instill values like critical thinking and reason in society when religious dogma overrides common sense.