After reading the Fivethirtyeight article on Religious Diversity, one thing become clear; The more diversity you have in your religious network (i.e. Muslim + Christian + Buddhism for example), the less likely you are to attend a religious service. Amazingly, while ethnic and gender diversity may create a better environment for problem solving, religious diversity is not a good thing when it comes to deciding a person’s faith (statistically speaking).
To increase a person’s likelihood to identify and worship within a particular religion, said person must have a network (friends and family) predominantly from one religion. Take the state of Mississippi as an example. Mississippi is by far the least religiously diverse state in America, with half of its residents identifying as Baptist and evangelical Protestant. "According to Gallup’s 2016 rankings of the most and least religious states, Mississippi has the honor of being the most religious state in the country.3 In contrast, Oregon ranks high in terms of religious diversity — no one religious tradition makes up more than 20 percent of the state’s population — and falls near the bottom in Gallup’s ranking.“
Another fact that can drag down a person’s religious activity is being born with parents of separate religious beliefs. From the Fivethirtyeight article, you can see that a person’s worship time drops significantly when raised in a religiously diverse household.
For now, no one is sure how this will affect America going into the future, but other issues can be attributed with a lack of religious worship in today’s society. There are more religions today than when America was first created for example. Also, just because someone does not attend service does not mean they do not believe in one religion or the next. A change in societal work hours and responsibilities also plays a part. Lastly, religion simply is not at the forefront of America as it once was.
A change back to a religious focused nation remains to be seen, but according to the statistics, communal religious services are at a crossroads.