Many people have admitted that from time to time they have to take a break from Facebook due to the excessive amount of time needed to read and update their timelines and interact with “friends.” However, one girl is taking a break from Facebook and making some cash while doing it. Rachel Baier, a freshman at a Massachusetts high school, went to her dad to make a deal — no more Facebook for the rest of the school year in return for a $200 payout.
Here’s how it went down: “She approached me. She has been frustrated she hasn’t been able to find a babysitting job and she has been looking for ways to get cash,” Rachel’s father told ABC News. “So she asked, ‘If I didn’t use Facebook for so long would you pay me?’”
Mr. Baier, went back and forth with his daughter to make sure she was serious about the idea, and to show how serious he was, he drew up a contract for her to sign stating that from February 4, 2013 through June 26, 2013 she would have to deactivate her account and allow him to change the password just in case she had a moment of weakness. She then would receive $50 halfway through and the remaining $150 on June 26, which is also the last day of the school year.
This seems like a creative way to wean your kid off Facebook in the hopes that they’ll find something more productive to do with their time. But in this case, and in any others that follow this model, let’s hope that a decrease in Facebook usage doesn’t just lead to an increase in Twitter usage. You’d probably have to come up with a whole lot of cash to keep your kid off of social media all together.
At any rate, social media isn’t going anywhere, and paying your child to quit temporarily is likely just patching up any issues, since they’ll be right back at it once the contract expires. (Though here it doesn’t sounds like Rachel’s dad necessarily had a problem with her social media activity.) It might be better to think even further outside of the box to come up with a solution that has a moral message and lasting results.