Monday, March 16, 2009

Cleanliness is next to godliness



Since atheists are non-conformists, I suspected that they would more often reject the convention that a home should be kept clean. A GSS interviewer judged the cleanliness of the homes of respondents. The graphs above summarize the data for men (top) and for women (bottom).

Along with those squishy people who believe sometimes, it looks like atheists are messier, but the small sample size doesn't help. If we look at means instead and combine sexes, we get:

Mean messiness score

Atheists 2.14
Agnostics 1.64
Some higher power 1.72
Sometimes believes 2.27
Believes but doubts 1.82
Knows God exists 1.78

Same story here. The gap between believers and atheists is four-tenths of a standard deviation.

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