For most 12-year-olds, $1800 sounds like a fortune. Or at least like an amount of money they’d like to have, sooner rather than later. But some kiddos are stubborn and can play the long game. And that’s just what Sivert Klefsaas’ mom was counting on.
Lorna Goldstrand Klefsaas, Sivert’s mom made a bet with him. The bet was if he abstained from social media from the age of 12 to his 18th birthday, she’d reward him with $1800. And on February 19, 2022, Sivert’s 18th birthday, he was able to claim his prize.
Of course, Sivert was only 12 when his mother proposed the bet. Before the bet, he reportedly had only downloaded Snapchat for a day. So obviously he hadn’t really made his way into the world of social media. Which probably helped the mom’s cause.
But other kids (including Sivert’s older siblings) were active on social media when he took the bet. His mom, however, had noticed some negative effects with his older siblings, so she took the opportunity to try a different approach with her son. And she was probably wise to get in front of the possible negative outcomes.
Social Media And Kids
Could You Do It?
Sivert luckily missed out on lots of the negative effects of social media. And, although there’s probably not anyone to pay you $1800, it could be time to take a social media break yourself.
If you feel anxious, like you’re addicted to your smartphone, or constantly scrolling social media sites, it could be beneficial to do a social media detox. Consciously deciding to take a break from social media could boost your mood. I mean if a 12-year-old can do it, I can. Right?