Thumbing a text is great,
But nothing will ever replace the ballpoint pen.
As much as we take it for granted, there is something miraculous how the ink so easily glides out on the paper. No pixels required. Just unadulterated whatever you want to write, and however you want to write it. You can squiggle up and down. Use the margines. Draw little doodles. Or even leave a question open-ended and square it off with a box.
Try doing that with a computer or a smart phone, and quite frankly – it’ll look quite dumb, and sterile.
There’s just something organic about writing things down. It’s a good workout, too.
In sum, ballpoint pens rock!