What You Miss When You Take Notes on Your Laptop

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Photo Credit: abbyladybug via Compfight cc

I can’t remember the last meeting I attended in which laptops weren’t the main source of note-taking.  This Harvard Business Review piece by Maggy Mcgloin includes a bit of new research on what we miss when we type instead of scribble (or sketch).

“Even in my relatively short foray into office life, I notice that few people bring a pen and notebook to meetings. I’ve been told that over the years, the spiral notebooks and pens once prevalent during weekly meetings have been replaced with laptops and slim, touch-screen tablets.

I suppose it makes sense. In a demanding new age of technology, we are expected to send links, access online materials, and conduct virtual chats while a meeting is taking place. We want instant gratification, and sending things after the meeting when you’re back at your desk feels like too long to wait. It seems that digital note-taking is just more convenient.

But is longhand dead? Should you be embarrassed bringing a pen and paper to your meetings? To answer these questions, I did a little digging and found that the answer is no, according to a study conducted by Princeton’s Pam A. Mueller and UCLA’s Daniel M. Oppenheimer.” Read the rest of the post here.

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