Facebook: Defining Religion in 100 Characters

From agnostics to Jedis, users wonder how to sum up views
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Aug 30, 2009 1:08 PM CDT
A screen grab from a Facebook editing page.   (Facebook)

(Newser) – It could be a quick question: What's your religion? But Facebook’s request for that information has led many to review and revise their beliefs to fit into a 100-character space, the Washington Post reports. Answers range from Christian, Facebook’s most popular belief system, to a professed belief in a “Flying Spaghetti Monster.” Islam and atheism are the site’s second and third most popular religions.

While some write jokes—“Jedi” is the 10th most popular religion—others wrestle with putting their complex views in a tiny box. One woman, for example, wanted to write “Catholic,” but worried her friends would misinterpret her beliefs on hot-button political issues. Then again, not writing “Catholic” could spark questions at church. “A question like that kind of makes you think,” says a college student.