Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia

Research Article

The Construction of Religiosity in Social Media: Response of Ambon’s Millennial Generation to Online Sermons

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291747,
        author={Y Z Rumahuru and A C Kakiay and A  Latuconsina and J S Talupun and S  Ernas},
        title={The Construction of Religiosity in Social Media:  Response of Ambon’s Millennial Generation to Online Sermons},
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 19th Annual International Conference on Islamic Studies, AICIS 2019, 1-4 October 2019, Jakarta, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={AICIS},
        year={2020},
        month={2},
        keywords={social media millennial religiosity sermons},
        doi={10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291747}
    }
    
  • Y Z Rumahuru
    A C Kakiay
    A Latuconsina
    J S Talupun
    S Ernas
    Year: 2020
    The Construction of Religiosity in Social Media: Response of Ambon’s Millennial Generation to Online Sermons
    AICIS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.1-10-2019.2291747
Y Z Rumahuru1,*, A C Kakiay2, A Latuconsina3, J S Talupun4, S Ernas3
  • 1: Institut Agama Kristen Negeri Ambon, Poka-Ambon
  • 2: Institut Agama Kristen Negeri Ambon, Halong Atas Ambon
  • 3: Institut Agama Islam Negeri Ambon, Batu Merah Sirimau Ambon
  • 4: Institut Agama Kristen Negeri Ambon, Batu Gantung Ambon
*Contact email: yz_rumahuru@iaknambon.ac.id

Abstract

Social media is not used only for entertainment or expanded communication networks and business, but also for the construction and development of religiosity, especially for the millennial or young people who are closer to gadget. The millennial generation use social media more to find out various things, ranging from general information, communication between people, self-exploration and identity construction, career development, to strengthening its religious aspects or religiosity. This paper will analyze how young Muslims and Christians in the city of Ambon respond to the phenomenon of strengthened religiosity in social media, especially through religious lectures and online sermons. Some of them are also fond of following the news on religiosity materials through online sermons. This paper will discuss also how the these online sermons influence the construction and development of millennial religiosity. To find out the responses of Ambon’s youths, the authors conducted a survey to young Muslims and Christians in Ambon, and the results will be analyzed in a qualitative and descriptive manner. This study found that online preaching is very popular among the millennial because it helps to answer their concerns about other religious and social issues anytime.