Social Media. It’s moved from its Keyboard Cat-esque heyday to making kids feel bad about themselves through social media.
So when Minnesotan Mum, Lorna Goldstrand Klefsaas saw just how unhappy social media was making her 16-year-old daughter in 2016, she challenged her son, a then 12-year-old Sivert, to stay off it until his 18th birthday. But she added a little sweetener.
If Sivert could make it to his 18th birthday without using social media, then he could have $1,800. Sorry to his older sister who missed out on this once in a lifetime reward.
“I wouldn’t say there was ever a time where I thought I was about to break,” Sivert told CNN “As it went on, it was more of a pride thing.”
And on February 19, he hit the jackpot.
“He did really dig in,” Lorna told local news station KARE11. “He was like ‘I'm not breaking this.’ I'm proud of him, because there were a few times where it was harder.”
So how did Sivert celebrate his 18th birthday? He opened up a private instagram account with the bio ‘I’m new here, be nice to me.’
“It’s hilarious. I feel like I’m like 80. I can’t seem to figure out social media,” Sivert told KARE. “Honestly it’s pretty embarrassing. I’ll be with my friends and they’d be like ‘What are you doing?’”
Sivert doesn’t know how he’s going to spend the $1,800 yet although he has thought about buying a TV for his dorm room when he gets to college. Classic move from a dude who doesn’t rely on the socials to pass the time.