14 year-old girl from Massachusetts, Rachel Baier struck a deal with her father to quit Facebook in exchange for money.
Her father, Paul, made her sign an actually ‘Facebook Deactivation Agreement’ that guarantees a sum of $200 to his daughter if she deactivates her Facebook account and relinquishes her password.
The document has its terms of agreement which Rachel has to accept and obey in order to get $50 in April and $150 in June this year. The sum will be given in installments because her father wants to be sure that Rachel doesn’t deviate from the contract.
On his blog, Paul Baier has stated that the idea to create this agreement was his daughter’s and he fully supports it.
In an interview he also stated that his daughter found Facebook quite distracting and wanted to make some money. He also added that Rachel plans to return to Facebook once the contract expires.
Social activity on websites like Twitter and Facebook can really have adverse effects on individuals especially teenagers who have to balance leisure with schoolwork. If too much time is spent on Facebook it can make kids lose interest in ‘offline’ social interaction (meeting friends and family members etc) and negligent towards their studies. Rachel would probably benefit from this move. Let us all wait till April to see whether she was successful in obeying the contract or not.