Yes, I prefer a pen and paper. There I said it. I know how amazing all the apps are and how much more effective I could be if I would just get with the times. Call me a dinosaur if you like but don't sleep on this T-Rex.
My pen does all sorts of things for me. It encourages my creativity. I simply think better with a pen in my hand. I twirl it around and click it and tap it. It is a natural extension of my brain. Because it is intuitive and I have used it all my life, I never have to interrupt my creative process with frustrated thoughts of "How do I make this thing function again?"
My pen also sends the right message to people I may be interacting with. Think about the body language. If I am looking you in the eye as you speak and then taking notes with my pen and paper, my body language says "You have my full attention and what you are saying is important to me." If I am typing on my iPad, the body language is exactly the same as it would be if I were updating my status or playing Candy Crush. When someone is speaking to me about listing their home I don't want to send them a mixed message. And when I am in a classroom, while I can take notes on my MacBook or iPad, I like for the speaker to know they have my full attention as well. And there have been times when, in the spirit of being hip and keeping up with technology, I have been taking notes on my computer and then gotten distracted by an email and missed some important part of a class or meeting.
Don't get me wrong, I love my gadgets. I am in fact writing this blog for a website that I designed on my computer. But there is a time and place for everything. And so far, no one has proclaimed that the MacBook is mightier than the sword.