A business executive wanted his daughter to spend less time on Facebook
and more time studying. His solution? Bribery.
Scott Baier was concerned that 14-year-old Rachel was spending too much time using the social network
, so he created a contract which she signed that promised her $200 if she abstained from Facebook for five months.
Though he wrote up the contract, Scott told Yahoo News
that the agreement was originally Rachel's idea.
"I'm proud she recognized the benefit of a hiatus. She plans to go on using it after the contract ends," Scott said.
Frustrated with not finding enough babysitting jobs, Rachel conceived of the idea. She initially asked for only $70, but later asked for $200 after realizing she'd have to stay off the website for the remainder of the academic year.
"When she realized it would be for five months, she wanted an amount that would really excite her," Scott said.
Baier, a Harvard Business School graduate and vice president for sustainability and research at Boston-based Groom Energy Solutions, posted the contract on his blog. The "Facebook Deactivation Agreement" stipulates that Scott will be granted the teen's account password, so that he can deactivate her account.
The contract states that Rachel will receive $50 in April and another $150 when she finishes the contract.
"I plan to use the money for the following purposes," the contract says, with the word "stuff" written into the blank space by Rachel
Though Rachel is an honors student, she noticed she had become distracted by the website.
Scott agreed that Facebook can sidetrack users from their everyday tasks.
"I've realized that she is part of generation of kids that has grown up on Facebook. She's been on it for two years full time. This is two years of 24/7 teen discussion of friends, clothes, parties, etc. They can't get away from it," he said.
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