I feel very strongly that religion is more valuable in an offline environment. And, I say that, as much of my connection to the Church came through CAF, Catholic blogs, youtubes, news, apologists, etc. I’ve been using the internet for Catholic catechesis for at least 6 years, maybe more. And I’ve been actively going to Mass for the past 2 years in college.
Anyways, there’s research which shows that only 7% of what we communicate can be transmitted via text. So… if you think about how many hand gestures an Italian uses… communication is severely limited when it’s just typing things to each other. [If I put three words in this post in all caps… some ppl would think the whole post is typed in anger… whereas nothing could be FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH… see?]
Expounding off that, the internet is really a place where atheism has soared. A whole lot of people are willing to attack religion on the internet, but they don’t say a word about it to their family. And, even if they wouldn’t necessarily find God… they’d at least be 100% more civil if you were having a face to face discussion with them about faith.
And then, at least personally, I think it’s a lot rarer to experience God online. And what I mean is this: I can listen to Michael Voris, Fr. Robert Barron, or any number of powerful sermons online, but they feel much less powerful than if I heard them in person. I can “feel the Holy Spirit moving” a lot easier at Mass than I can in any online setting.
But again, as Joe said, online religious material is certainly very useful. I’ve gained a lot of catechesis from it. But, compare what I get from catechesis to Eucharistic Adoration… no comparison