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.
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.