Wellbeing Survey Summary

Teleios conducted a wellbeing survey on two Instagram accounts frequented by adolescents and millennials; one being mostly followed by Christians and another by the general population. There were 1186 responses. The majority of responses were: female (68%), less than 30 years (76%), and primarily from the United States (40%) and Europe (16%). The respondents identified themselves as: evangelical Christians (33%), social Christians (29%), Christian seekers (5%) and non-Christians (33%).

Interestingly, personal wellbeing was better among evangelical Christians (4.6, on a scale of 0-6 with 6 being highest) compared to social Christians (4.1), Christian seekers (4.0) or non-Christians (4.3, P=0.001). The findings for wellbeing were also supported by further results that evangelicals were more content (P=0.001), at peace (P>0.001), and joyful (P=0.002) than the other groups. No differences between groups were observed in feelings of guilt (P=0.426).

This is the first survey, to our knowledge, evaluating wellbeing in young Christians versus non-Christians. These findings make sense based on prior research:

  • Teleios has previously shown that Christians who adhere to their faith report better general wellbeing than those who do not routinely practice their faith. In addition, the more one adheres generally to their faith the better their wellbeing.
  • Prior publications from the peer-reviewed medical literature note that those practicing the Christian faith report better wellbeing than those who do not, specifically in healthy individuals, patients with a variety of diseases and those with addiction problems. The better wellbeing seems to result from attending church and the associated socialization and knowledge of the faith.

In summary, Christianity may help wellbeing by giving confidence in both day-to-day living and hope for eternity.