Dr Rick Goodman Interview on WFLA NBC 8 in Tampa short version

Dr. Rick Goodman built a business on leadership and engagement, but it took a wake up call to realize he wasn’t engaging with one of the most important people in his life, his daughter. “My children would come down to…

Dr Rick Goodman Interview on WFLA NBC 8 in Tampa short version

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Dr. Rick Goodman built a business on leadership and engagement, but it took a wake up call to realize he wasn’t engaging with one of the most important people in his life, his daughter.

“My children would come down to visit me and they would go to their rooms and text and tweet,” Goodman said. “I recognized I was becoming more disconnected than ever before.”

He decided to take his 16-year-old daughter, Jamie, on a vacation to Europe and the Middle East. He planned to journal, hoping to make a book out of it, and encouraged her to do the same. But there was a catch.

“When we got on the plane I said to her, ‘Listen we are not going to be using our phones, computers, or any technology for the next month,'” Goodman said. According to Goodman, “79 percent of people ages 18 to 44 have their smart phones with them 22 hours a day.”

It sure wasn’t easy. Jamie was excited to take a trip, and even spend time with her dad, but cutting off technology made her “skeptical.” It took a couple of days to warm up, but soon Jamie and her dad were having a great time. Goodman smiles remembering staying out with his daughter, exploring, and meeting new people, until 1:30 a.m.

“I’ll never forget when my daughter grabbed my hand and said, ‘Dad we make a great team,” Goodman said “It was at that point when I knew I hit a grand slam home run and really connected with my child.”

Goodman believes setting aside the distractions of technology and social media solidified their bond.

“When we’re with people we need to be in the moment,” Goodman said. “That’s when we discover who we are and who the people we love are.”

The trip resulted in a book, by his daughter, called, “Jamie’s Journey: Travels with My Dad”

Although Jamie still uses social media as much as ever, her dad believes their relationship is much stronger.

“We have a conversation and that’s something that never happened before,” Goodman said. “I used to get one word answers but now my daughter calls me everyday. Our connection is deeper.”

Psychologist, Dr. Stacey Scheckner, agrees.

“I absolutely believe in not only social media fasts but total technology fasts as well,” Scheckner said. “as a society we are all gradually becoming addicted to communicating via technology instead of on a personal basis.”

She even believes our love of technology can lead to insomnia, anxiety, and loss of patience.

Both Scheckner and Goodman agree, giving up social media doesn’t have to start big, start small by just an hour in the park or an afternoon of bonding.

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