Print vs. smartphone Bible preferences in the U.S. 2012-2019

The graph presents data on the preference between print and smartphone versions of the Bible among adults in the United States from 2012 to 2019. The findings show that whilst 72 percent of adults still preferred the print version of the Bible to smartphone versions in 2019, favorability of print has dropped by more than ten percent in six years and preferences for using the Bible via smartphone are increasing.

Preference between print and smartphone versions of the Bible among adults in the United States from 2012 to 2019

PrintSmartphone**
201972%19%
201871%20%
201776%15%
201681%11%
201576%11%
201484%-
201385%-
201283%-
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Sources

Release date

April 2019

Region

United States

Survey time period

2012 to 2019

Number of respondents

974*

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

*The sample size varied per year. Sample sizes prior to 2019 were as follows: 2012 n = 597; 2013 n = 603; 2014 n = 590; 2015 n = 583; 2016 n = 570; 2017 n = 1,376; 2018 n = 1,376.
**Smartphone usage was not tested until 2015.
The question was phrased by the source as follows: 'All things considered, in what format do you prefer to use the Bible: print, digital or audio?'

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