The author, Nicholas Carr, writes of his experience of the instant informational flow from the internet is "chipping my capacity for concentration and contemplation. My mind now expects to take in information the way the net distributes it: in a swiftly moving stream of particles. Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a jet ski." ("Is Google Making Us Stupid?")
Carr's book, The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to Our Brains, is a book-length expansion of the essay referenced above. Towards the end of that book he writes,
What matters in the end is not our becoming but what we become. In the 1950s, Martin Heidegger observed that the looming “tide of technological revolution” could “so captivate, bewitch, dazzle, and beguile man that calculative thinking may someday come to be accepted and practiced as the only way of thinking.” Our ability to engage in “meditative thinking,” which he saw as the very essence of our humanity, might become a victim of headlong progress. The tumultuous advance of technology could, like the arrival of the locomotive at the Concord station, drown out the refined perceptions, thoughts, and emotions that arise only through contemplation and reflection. The “frenziedness of technology,” Heidegger wrote, threatens to “entrench itself everywhere”.
It may be that we are now entering the final stage of that entrenchment. We are welcoming the frenziedness into our souls.
Essential to the vitality of our spiritual lives is a knowing that comes from contemplative and meditative thinking...not over against a life of action. Rather, it is what is necessary in order to know what actions to take, to give ourselves to. Where is the time, the space, the habit in your life of giving yourself to this kind of thinking? It surely involves silence and stillness. So, where in your life is that intentional time of silence and stillness?