“If you want to start retaining more information, stop using your laptop or tablet.”
That’s not just some a suggestion from a guy who think’s Zen-Journal is a cool productivity tool, (hey, that rhymes) it’s what research studies are proving from looking at the topic of student/user productivity and retention of information.
Pam A. Mueller (Princeton University) and Daniel M. Oppenheimer (University of California, Los Angeles), studied this topic and published a paper in 2014 in the journal, Psychological Science that presented their findings when studying the effects of digital versus manual technologies for college / university students.
The results of their study and others suggest that laptop note taking, while faster and more user-friendly, isn’t as effective a system for retaining information and processing information. In fact, three separate studies found that students who took notes on laptops performed worse on conceptual questions than students who took notes longhand. [Read more…] about The Pen Beats the Keyboard ~ Why Using a Handwritten Zen-Journal Will Make You Smarter and More Competitive