If Goethe were a 14-year-old girl living in modern times, his Faust might have played out like the real-life story of Rachel Baier, a Massachusetts teen who was convinced by her dad to quit Facebook in exchange for money.
Rachel's father Paul, a VP at an energy technology firm in Salem, drafted a legally binding "Facebook Deactivation Agreement" that guarantees his daughter a sum of $200 if she agrees to quit Facebook and relinquish her password.
Per the deal, Rachel will receive $50 in April and a further $150 in June if she continues to abide by the terms of the agreement.
On his blog, Baier claims that the arrangement was entirely Rachel's idea, "which I support fully."
"She wants to earn money and also finds Facebook a distraction and a waste of time sometimes," he told the Daily Dot, adding that she still plans to return to Facebook once the contract expires.