Saturday, June 23, 2012

Catholic Applications for Smart Phones

The Catholic Times and the Seoul  Internet Catholic Good news site has  cooperated in a questionnaire of Catholic net citizens and  the use of the internet in their religious life. The first questionnaire had to do with the understanding of applications by the  net citizens.

Over half of the population are using smart phones. 90 percent of the Catholic users of the internet find that the  applications  assist them in their religious life. A survey of 310 Catholics was made: 43 percent were using Catholic applications 2-3 times a day; 32 percent were using the applications less than once a day, 14 percent were using them 4-5 times a day, 5 percent 6-7 times a day and 6 percent over eight times a day. The numbers who use  these Catholic  applications are not insignificant.
One-third of the respondents said not being hindered by time or place in  using the religious information was helpful.  They are able to access  the Scriptures, hymnals, the daily liturgy, lives of the saints, etc.; this has proven very beneficial. Content is easily accessible.

On the other hand, some of the difficulties are the lack of a variety of applications; the operating system of the different mobile phones  does not allow them to access some of the applications.

Korea has one of the fastest internet connection speeds and one of the highest percentages of users in the world. It is an electronic paradise. Net-citizens are in a very internet friendly environment which means that the future continues to be bright in the use of the internet, There are many parish programs to get elderly Catholics familiar with the use of the smart phones  which will mean we will continue to see an increase in the use of Catholic orientated applications.

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