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$200 to quit Facebook: Dad pays daughter to delete account

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Here’s the agreement between Paul Baier and his 14-year-old daughter, who he’s paying $200 to quit Facebook for five months. (practicalsustainability.blogspot.com)

(CNN) — How do you get a teenager to volunteer to quit Facebook?

Apparently, with cold, hard cash.

A Boston father is paying his 14-year-old daughter $200 to quit using the social site for almost five months, according to a post on his blog.

On Tuesday, Paul Baier, a research consultant from Boston, posted an image of a “Facebook Deactivation Agreement” with his daughter.

“Her idea which I support fully,” he wrote.

In the signed agreement, his daughter agrees to deactivate Facebook from this past Monday until June 26 (which, perhaps notably, would be well into summer break for most schools). In return, he’ll give her $50 in April and the remaining $150 in June.

Baier gets access to change her password and deactivate the account. Rachel’s one-word response on the line asking what she’ll use the money for: “Stuff.”

On the post, several people have praised or belittled the plan. One poster, in the shameless manner not unknown on the Web, called Baier an “idiot.”

“Why not try something called ‘parenting’. It’s more difficult than bribery but will more beneficial to your daughter in the long run,” the person wrote.

But Kent Wellington, who describes himself as a friend of Baier’s, responded.

“He’s a good guy and good parent. Regardless, there’s nothing wrong with a parent being proactive with their kids in the area of social media,” Wellington wrote. “I’m sure the dialog that lead up to the agreement was as valuable as the contract.”

Rachel may be in good company.

A recent report from the Pew Research Center says 61% of Facebook users have taken a break from the site for a few weeks or more.

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23 Comments to “$200 to quit Facebook: Dad pays daughter to delete account”

    amanda said:
    February 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

    I quit for 6 months and i didn't get crap……..just missed alot of events as they were all invites through facebook

    Kristi said:
    February 7, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    She duped dad! Kids aren't on facebook anymore…. They use instagram and twitter…

    Kim said:
    February 7, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    LMAO @Kristi your right about that one!!!!!

    Mike said:
    February 7, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Why is this news worthy?

    gdr said:
    February 7, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Unfortunately the daughter will end up with $200 and still have a face book account. I deleted and cancelled my "FACEBOOK" account over four years ago and still have people gaining access to my E Mail account that was attached to my "FACEBOOK" once signed up your account goes to and beyond the grave with you. I have filed many complaints with no results. My information posted to FACEBOOK is still be circulated.

    Happy Camper said:
    February 7, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    Facebook is a disease.

    Adonis said:
    February 7, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Funy News :)

    harry said:
    February 7, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    great idea ! Facebook is dying since it's public offering and devalue. A struggling entity never designed for business in the first place ,I do believe it will be another MySpace in a year, where all jump to the new game on the block. I like to visit buzzdogmusic.weebly.com and youtube since the games don't ever work on FB anymore,.too many connects to play, like too many hands in the pot ?

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    Bad New to Mark haha

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