I have written often enough about how the lowly notebook is one of a serious archer’s most important tools. I am increasingly asked by students whether taking notes on their phone is okay and I am writing this to explain why I answer “No.”
Do you have any notes on your phone? Can you find them? More importantly, can you organized them by category and maybe time?
A key point is that studies now show that typing notes is not as effective a learning tool as handwriting them. Writing notes out by hand makes them easier to remember. Gosh, I wonder why? To write a note, you must decide what to write and how to write it. What to write is the same task for typing or handwriting, but how to write it is vastly different. Choosing what words to write is important, and apparently, how to write those out by hand is also more memorable (I think because it is more physically complex). This may be due to the task of finding a key to type a letter being similar in every case but writing letters is quite different in every case.
Notebooks are easier to organize . . . equipment notes here, practice plans there, etc. Notebooks batteries don’t run out. And so on.
While I can be one of those “Hey, you kids get off my lawn” old folks, this is not one of those cases. There are just some situations in which analog is better than digital.