In our current era, ending a relationship doesn't necessarily mean it's truly over. With the abundance of digital platforms available, our former partners can easily reappear in our lives with a simple action like "liking" a photo on Instagram. Despite our best efforts to move on, a notification may suddenly pop up showing them with a new significant other who happens to be connected to us through a mutual friend.
Although we may try to avoid them and act as though they don't exist, there are moments when we need to confront reality. Whether it's a recent breakup or a distant memory, there are times when it's essential to remove our ex-partners from our social media accounts. The following are reasons why it's important to take this step:
1. To Stop Them From Stalking Us
It's highly probable that they have already viewed your social media posts, but you should not allow them the privilege of accessing information about your current life. Your personal matters are no longer their concern.
2. To Stop Ourselves From Stalking Them
We should avoid placing ourselves in the position of being the "crazy ex" who secretly looks at their recent pictures. If keeping our ex-partner as a friend on Facebook will only cause us emotional distress, it's best to remove them from our social media accounts to prevent any temptation. By doing so, we can save ourselves from unnecessary drama.
3. To Stop Ourselves From Stalking Other People They Are Talking To
Being overly curious can lead to unwanted consequences. Even if our ex-partner "likes" someone else's post or their friend mentions a recent outing, it's not necessary to investigate further like a detective. While it's one thing to check on our ex's social media, stalking their friends is excessive and unnecessary.
4. To Cut The Ties
If the breakup was a serious decision, then it's important to sever all ties with our ex-partner. Remaining friends on social media implies that we are still maintaining a connection with them.
5. To Avoid Getting Nostalgic
At times, we may opt to stay in and spend the night alone. However, we may unintentionally begin to browse through our old photos and memories. This can lead to listening to melancholic music, consuming a pint of ice cream, and crying over the pleasant memories we shared with our ex-partner. To avoid putting ourselves in such a vulnerable position, it's advisable to delete all traces of our ex from our social media accounts.
6. To Give Ourselves Time To Heal
We may believe that we have moved on from our ex-partner, but in reality, we may not have fully processed our emotions. Continuously encountering their pictures or posts can be akin to repeatedly adding salt to an open wound. It's crucial to allow ourselves sufficient time to mourn and heal from the breakup.
7. To Put The Past In The Past
We should avoid having "throwback Thursdays" related to our ex-partners. Unless we are interested in reigniting an old romance, it's best not to "like" or comment on old pictures or bring up memories from the past. The history between us and our ex-partner will always exist, and as long as we have social media to connect us, history may repeat itself.
8. To Be Able To Move On
There may be a tiny, microscopic part of us that still cares for our ex-partners. They were a significant part of our lives, and they will always hold some level of importance to us. However, if we continually encounter their presence on our smartphone screens, we may struggle to let go completely. It's acceptable to miss them, but it's crucial to limit our thoughts to that feeling.