Who Are the Lonely in America?

Infographics in Culture & Media • May 15, 2017

Science has shown that people who have close friendships are happier, more successful and even more physically and emotionally healthy. And in our hyper-connected culture, it may seem like it’s never been easier to make and maintain relationships. But is that true? How do Americans meet their friends? Who is most likely to feel lonely? In the infographic below, Barna explores new data about the care and keeping of friends.


Barna Trends Friendship
The research included in this report is the result of a nationwide online study conducted April 29 to May 1, 2015. The survey was conducted among a random sample of adults 1,025 adults 18 and older. The maximum sampling error for the study is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points at the 95% confidence level. Minimal statistical weighting was used to calibrate the sample to known population percentages in relation to demographic variables.

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Media Habits in the Age of “Fake News”

April 27, 2017 • Culture & Media

The media world is rapidly changing, and traditional news organizations are struggling to find their footing. But what role does news media continue to play in informing the public? Which outlets are earning trust (and clicks)? And what do Americans make of “fake news?” Drawing from a number of Barna studies, we take a look at this complex media moment in history.

Barna Trends: What’s New and What’s Next

December 15, 2016 • Culture & Media

In celebration of the release of Barna Trends 2017—and the comprehensive overview of the research and analysis we’ve conducted during the past 18 months in its pages—here is a preview of the biggest and best research insights from Barna that span the categories of culture, life and faith.

Should Sex Ed Teach Abstinence? Most Americans Say Yes

September 5, 2017 • Family & Kids

Sexual norms have changed dramatically over the years, and young people are often left to their own devices (sometimes literally) when it comes to navigating sexuality. A new Barna study uncovers how Americans see their responsibility to educate and equip teens to make choices about sex.

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