A father promised $200 to his daughter if she quit Facebook. The deal that Rachel Baier made would pay her $200 to quit Facebook for five months. According to a report from Wednesday (Feb. 6), it was actually her idea in the first place.
It turns out that Rachel had an idea to make money by quitting the social network for a little while and went to her dad with a request for $70 to do it. When he countered with five months as the duration of time she must spend away from Facebook, she negotiated the total up to $200.
It seems that Rachel knew that Facebook was creating a distraction and this gives her every incentive to stay off the web site. According to her father, "She mostly wanted and needed the money as she has been frustrated by not finding babysitting jobs. She is honors student but she says Facebook can be distracting."
Getting paid $200 to quit Facebook may have been enough for this girl, but it's hard to say if the proposal would work for everyone. If Rachel Baier can make it the full five months, though, she will have proven that it is an incentive that could work for other parents.