I realized a long time ago that for me, it isn't even taking the notes, it is truly paying attention. As they note in the article, many students on laptops are mindlessly transcribing a lecture. Their focus is on hearing and typing, not listening and learning. Not to mention the distractions that come with open laptops... In meetings, seminars, etc., I never have an open laptop, unless there is some sort of hands on that requires it. I often don't take too many notes either, just particular keywords or phrases that stand out, but I do pay attention to the speaker, and actively engage in learning and understanding what they are talking about.