$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?
Interested in¬†$200 to quit Facebook?¬†
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."
Catch that? Rachel doesn't have to quit Facebook forever. She just has to take a break, during which time she can presumably buy some of the "stuff" stipulated in her¬†"Facebook Deactivation Agreement."¬†
Of course, as PC World's¬†Angela Moscaritolo points out, there are more permanent solutions to the Facebook problem. Consider the case of Tommy Jordan, the North Carolina native who put a bullet in his daughter's laptop after he caught her complaining about her chores on Facebook. (Tommy and Hannah Jordan have since called a truce, with 15-year-old Hannah saying she and her dad were "laughing about [the incident] soon afterwards.")¬†