pilgrim wrote:It is quite possible that with more experience and knowledge in such matters, I would understand this policy.
The background of this is the reality in Thailand (and perhaps elsewhere too), that everyone (including monks) has a Facebook page and is constantly referring to it, updating, checking, trying to get mote likes or "friends". In Thailand it is common that monks walk around with smartphones or tablets, some checking their mails during or after Pindapata perhaps because of better reception outside their wats.
I was reccently in a remote forest monastery when a group of Thai monks came visiting the ailing Luang Phor. One monk was taking pictures with his tablet and uploading them right away to Facebook. He was really taken aback when I told him I had no Facebook page, disappointed to not get another kick from being connected with a falang.
Another reason is that the training at Wat Pah Nanachat is constantly, even in the smallest details of life, referring to the Vinaya. I think that the perception is that using the Internet for other than immediate practical tasks is an unnecessary distraction from that training.
If you know a good number of older monks, you are likely to find among that number a few who are really internet-addicts. Internet-addiction is the scourge of the 21st century. I guess we all know this reality, including the seduction of claiming to make use of technology for a higher good. In this perspective it is understandable that a training which focusses exclusively on Vinaya will accept a zero-Internet policy.