Pen And Paper Are Still Mighty

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Pen And Paper Are Still Mighty

Laptops are great. But not during a lecture or a meeting.

-New York Times, November 2017

Laptop vs. Pen and Paper

Have you ever wondered which is better - taking notes by hand or typing on your laptop? Well, according to some recent research, writing notes on paper might just be the best way to avoid forgetting that really important information you promised to send to your boss by Monday.

In a study published in Psychological Science, Pam A. Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel M. Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles set out to see which is more effective - taking notes longhand or typing on a laptop.

They conducted a series of tests comparing the two note taking methods and, interestingly, their study points to pen and paper as the better choice for information processing and retention. Here are the key reasons Mueller and Oppenheimer give for why writing by hand seems to be more effective:

  • People taking notes longhand typically can’t write as fast as they type and therefore need to be more selective about what they write down. This extra level of processing helped the study participants learn and retain more.
  • Laptop note takers tend to type everything they hear. The more words that study participants copied verbatim, the worse they performed on recall tests.
  • Laptops and tablets are distracting – it's easy to click over to Facebook or check your email.

Another strong case against laptops is that one student's (or employee's) use of a laptop harms the learning of individuals around them. Researchers at York University and McMaster University in Canada tested the effects of laptops on students who weren't using them. The team found that the students seated near the laptop users were negatively affected. 

Why We Love Paper

Even in the internet age, journals and notebooks are still extremely popular and highly regarded as an effective tool for promoting brands.

Why does paper remain so popular when everything's online and digital? In a recent National Public Radio story, Angelia Trinidad, recent college graduate and self-proclaimed "gadget freak" offered an answer:

"Paper, Trinidad says, makes the abstract tangible, in a way that digital devices don't."

Both Leed's and Bullet have huge selections of journals and notebooks with quick turnaround, cutting-edge decoration options and competitive pricing. 

And when the project requires a totally custom, one-of-a-kind piece, JournalBooks offers endless decoration options for notebooks and journals.

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