I just read an interesting piece on the effects of iPhones on our neurology by Ian H. Robertson: http://theconversation.com/weve-got-the-iphone-habit-so-whats-it-doing-to-our-brains-21768
The big takeaway I took from the article was the need for silence after learning something new. Since I'm still in the religious mindset from class this morning I of course started to think about how this applies to worship settings. The traditional liturgy has times of silence built into it and I'm wondering if this tradition has carried into contemporary services at all. My recollection from the few that I have attended is that there was not much time for silence. This is probably because society seems to be losing its willingness to suffer silence so the designers of new worship liturgies have removed them. The evidence would suggest that this silence is more valuable than we thought.