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Should I Delete My Ex From My Social Media Accounts?

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Should I Delete My Ex From My Social Media Accounts?

My boyfriend and I broke up, should I delete him from my Instagram and other social media accounts?

Let’s go through some questions that will help you think through the pros and cons.

  • Was your breakup mutual and relatively friendly?  If so, you might want to keep the social media lines open, because to do otherwise might not seem too friendly.
  • Did he break up with you?  Are you hurt and mad?  Is so, maybe deleting him from everything might feel good for a while, but you know it won’t really make your hurt feelings go away.  (But you might just want privacy and that’s a good limit to set for yourself.)
  • Did you break up with him?  Is he making comments or posting things that seem designed to provoke or hurt you?  If so, maybe you should delete him – ­­it’s a relatively easy way to create a boundary between the two of you – ­­if he isn’t connected to your accounts, it’s harder for him to get your attention in a negative way.
  • One more question: how do you feel when you see his posts or comments or likes?  You might want to delete him, or maybe just hide him for a while, if you feel sad or mad every time he shows up online.  After all, part of breaking up is getting a little space from your ex – ­­and that means in person and online.

Good luck!  Congratulations on thinking so carefully about the boundaries and privacy you want to have going forward – ­­that’s a mature and healthy step.

Katie Malinski Katie Malinski LCSW is a licensed child and family therapist and parenting coach. In addition to her one-on-one work with families and children, she presents dynamic parenting workshops on a variety of topics, including: Beyond Birds and Bees, Parenting Through Divorce, Typical Parenting Conflicts, and many more. Learn more about Katie at www.KatieMalinski.com.
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