Friction in a note-taking system isnt necessarily bad

Date created: 2022-05-15

Since we are interested in doing more things than just catalouging (it’s more than an archive), some friction may be useful. We wan’t to engage actively with the material in Personal Knowledge Management. Also, Friction forces you to slow down and reflect

This reminds me of the laptops vs pen-and-paper approach to note-taking in class, where there is evidence that pen-and-paper beats laptops in learning. Some friction (lower speed) means that you have to critically think about what to capture not, which reduces the risk of Collector’s fallacy.

Another interesting similartity is with the inhibitory learning approach, where desirable difficulties in exposures may actually be valuable for long-term learning.