Laptops (笔记本电脑) and other devices mean you don't have to write your notes by hand anymore. Defaulting to tech-based note-taking might not be the best way, though, with science showing the old-school approach of pen and paper might have bigger benefits.
Pam Mueller of Princeton University and Daniel Oppenheimer of the University of California, Los Angeles, performed a series of studies examining how students recalled information when using traditional or tech-based note-taking. They found that for fact-based questions, students who wrote notes with traditional tools did just as well as those who pounded them out on a keyboard. They performed better than the tech-based note-takers, however, on questions that were more conceptually-based.
Based on the results of their studies, Mueller and Oppenheimer concluded that traditional note-taking is advantageous because you can't write as fast in longhand (普通手写) as you can with a device. Consequently, you have to be pickier about what you write down. The processing your brain does to determine what's significant aids memory.
Taking notes by hand doesn't mean you completely ignore specifics. Even so, it forces you to prioritize and remember broader principles over facts that might not matter a month, year or decade later. That ability to see the big picture can leave you more adaptable. Because you're not locked into absorbing ideas in a word-for-word way, you might be able to communicate them differently, according to your audience, or think about them more critically for higher innovation.
Perhaps it's just another reminder that, even in the age of Big Data, more isn't always better.