Dad Pays Teen Daughter $200 to Quit Facebook for 5 Months

February 7, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

An amount of $200 to quit Facebook for 5 months? That’s kind of a weird deal but it really has happened. That was the deal that Paul Baier offered his 14-year-old daughter.

If she could quit Facebook for five months, he promised to give her $200. Baier wasn’t messing around with his $200 offer to quit Facebook and he actually made a kind of legal paperwork for his daughter, Rachel, to sign her consent.

According to this contract, if she can make it until mid-April she gets $50. She receives the rest of the money on June 26, should she make it that far.


To make sure his daughter doesn’t cheat on his $200 offer to quit Facebook, Paul asked Rachel for her password. It sounds like the act of an overly concerned parent, but Paul said the $200 Facebook bet was his daughter’s idea.

Paul Baier, a vice president at a Boston-area energy firm, posted a photograph of the signed contract on his blog, which usually focuses on energy technology and sustainability.

Many studies have shown that Facebook also behaves like cocaine generating a feeling of addiction that is powerful far beyond normal addictions like gaming or what some people feel towards a specific genre of music.

If this $200 deal can completely take a kid’s mind from Facebook; it might be the most valuable $200 ever spent by a dad. What do you think?

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