Advice from Pope Francis, well-considered:
150. In that silence, we can discern, in the light of the Spirit, the paths of holiness to which the Lord is calling us. Otherwise, any decisions we make may only be window-dressing that, rather than exalting the Gospel in our lives, will mask or submerge it. For each disciple, it is essential to spend time with the Master, to listen to his words, and to learn from him always. Unless we listen, all our words will be nothing but useless chatter.
I think it does require a balance. Alone, a person can get caught up in one’s own biases, fears, or overblown perspectives (either positive or negative). But silence with an intent to encounter God will inevitably bear fruit in the quest for holiness. Note also how many secular activities have important components of silence: reading, fishing, work with fabrics–human society outside of the Church is far from fearful of silence and solitude in all things, however much the noise of the cultures at large intrude on the human senses.
You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.