I’m inclined to think some of it’s just the interaction modes. Stuff like entering into a digital datebook is very linear. Sometimes putting ink on paper opens up a 2D world, you can write things in different directions, use arrows to point back to previously written things, and generally use shape and layout to carry meaning in a way tapping into a virtual document generally can’t. (in the commercials for phablets that use a stylus, they point back to reclaiming some of this interaction on a screen, but while I dig my Apple Pencil and oversized iPad for some tasks, I haven’t gotten into seeing if as a full replacement — The virtualness of the interface gets in the way in a way that tearing off a sheet of graph paper from the pad I use as a drawing pad/mousepad doesn’t.
That flexibility may be more important when the emotional landscape is so fraught and jagged, it can accommodate the non-linearity of your thoughts in a way the cold and sterile apps can’t. Along with being ergonomically colder as well; glass and metal glowing screens flicking up pixels vs soft, sligthly yielding, gently reflective pages from a notebook gently absorbing ink… Kirk
Kirk wrote the above in response to this article and it really made me think.