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$200 to quit Facebook: One dad's deal with his daughter

$200 to quit Facebook? Would you agree to quit Facebook for five months if it meant that you got a nice payday?

$200 to quit Facebook? Massachusetts teen Rachel Baier agreed not to use Facebook for five months. Here, a copy of the contract.

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The social network has been shown to lower productivity, make us more self-indulgent, and fan the flames of envy. But it's also incredibly hard to turn off, as the approximately 1 billion Facebook users around the world would be happy to tell you. How to quit? 

Well, some subtle financial encouragement might work. Just ask Paul Baier, an executive at an energy company in Massachusetts. Earlier this month, Baier agreed to compensate his daughter, 14-year-old Rachel Baier, to the tune of $200, if she could stay away from Facebook for a full five months. The $200, according to the contract, which is pictured above, is payable in two monthly installments: $50 on April 15, 2013, and the balance on June 26, 2013. 

"It was her idea," Baier told the tech site The Daily Dot. "She wants to earn money and also finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time sometimes. She plans to go back on after the [five months] is over."


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