We remember better what we wrote on paper and like the feeling of taking notes on paper, but 20- to 29-year-olds prefer paper and digital note-taking in roughly equal proportions (54% and 46%), according to a representative survey commissioned by Lenovo Research. According to participants, both manual and automated note-taking have advantages.

28% of those interviewed during the research said they used to take notes on a daily basis, with the most common note takers being 16-19 year olds (41%) and graduates (39%). Given a choice, two-thirds (65%) would prefer to take notes on paper rather than digitally, and women appear to be more adamant about this: only 23% would choose the digital form of note-taking, while women are more adamant about it: Only 23% of them would choose the digital form of note-taking, while women are more adamant about it. 44% of men prefer it.

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Paper is used more by those with 8 primary education and between the ages of 16 and 19, who responded in the highest percentage (17% and 14%) that they use more than 50 sheets of paper equivalent to A5-sized notebooks annually. Interestingly, although graduates take notes more often, by their own admission, they use the least amount of paper: half (49%) said they do not fill even five A5 notebook pages in a year.

This can be contributed by the fact that participants believe that it would be important to reduce the amount of paper used. 72% of respondents somewhat agree with the statement that taking paper notes is not environmentally friendly, which is why efforts should be made to promote, develop and use digital solutions.

However, the majority responded that the amount of paper at home does not cause them any problems. An exception to this are graduates, a third (30%) of whom are somewhat bothered by the amount of paper in the home, and those aged 16-19, half of whom (52%) find it somewhat difficult to store papers and notes.

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Many studies have already proven that taking notes by hand helps to understand and remember written information better, and the experience of survey participants seems to support this: most (47%) prefer taking notes on paper because it makes it easier to take notes on paper. They remember what is written, but it is also important that they think writing on paper looks better (34%), and many people choose to take notes on paper because it is at their fingertips (33%).

Accessibility is also an important aspect for those who like to take digital notes, with 45 percent saying they choose this type of note-writing because their digital device is usually the one they have at their fingertips. 38% like taking notes digitally because of smart functions like reminders, ability to share or organize, and a quarter (24%) prefer to keep their notes in digital form because it's easier to lose paper.

According to Lenovo, the benefits of both note-taking options can be combined with devices like Smart Paper, which are e-book readers with e-ink technology, but you can also take notes on its screen. We recently tested such a tablet.

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