Divorce is a difficult time in your life, and it is only natural to want and need support through it. Many people turn to social media during difficult times in order to vent and get this necessary support.
However, in many cases, it is wiser to stay away from social media during a divorce. According to Psychology Today, it is better to delete social media during a divorce if it is possible for you.
What damage can social media cause?
Many people do not remember that the internet is not a private place. Even if you do take your ex off from your “friends list,” keep in mind that anybody has the ability to screenshot your posts and send them along. Nothing is truly private.
Some people decide to have some fun during the divorce process, and often will post pictures of themselves at parties and bars. Particularly if there are children involved in the divorce, this can potentially hurt custody arrangements. If something about your divorce upsets you and you vent inappropriately, your ex may also be able to use your posts against you.
How should I handle social media?
The best advice is to delete your accounts so that there is no temptation. If this is not possible for you, then make sure to post nothing negative about your ex or the divorce on your accounts. You should also talk with friends and family to make sure that they do the same. It is wise to “unfriend” your ex and any of their family members from your accounts. Be mindful of what you post, and keep it positive and clean.