Surfing the web is a phrase we hear often referring to the practice of browsing web sites and looking for something of interest. A religious sister who has made a study of media, and spirituality writes on the subject in the Catholic Times. She is moved by the interest that she sees of those who are surfing and their expressions, very much like children who are absorbed in playing computer games.
of Information on the Internet is waiting for us to access it. Those
who are on the beach waiting for the wave to surf-ride, she explains to
her readers, are moving back and forth, which has a similarity to what
we call surfing the web. However, she says, in surfing the web it might
seem that searching on the Internet will require reading and absorption,
but she uses a study that says most do not spend more than 5 minutes at
any one site. Consequently, she calls this more like shopping than
Many people nowadays begin their search on the
Internet in the morning, like having someone waiting for them to deal
with the boring hours of their trip. However, when this practice becomes
a habit, there will be problems in concentrating on a subject for any
period of time. We don't have the patience to read a book, and we lose
the ability to examine and look into ourselves. Searching is fast and
easy, we are instantly gratified, which makes the painstaking effort
necessary to do a serious study the old way difficult.
accustomed to a way of doing something, and repeating it often this becomes
an embedded habit that will influence all we say and do. Easily to see
how this will affect our spiritual life, the slow and deep
contemplative way of living will be pushed to the edges. Prayer,
liturgy, efforts to listen to sermons will all be affected. The
structures of our brains will be affected by what we do and think, and
in time will change the world in which we live.
Sales says that there are those who are very busy and occupied with
others who are meticulously and carefully in search of God. This search
rather than be quick and easy is slow and patient. We should not give
our space and time for deep thinking to the searching on the Internet.
Especially when traveling on the subway, we should bury our smart
phones in our traveling bag and take out a 'book'. Is it not then we can be open to meeting God?