5 reasons why you should sanitize your social media after a breakup
We’re here to support the latter, and here’s why. Some people might call it petty, but it boils down to pure science.
When you break up with someone, you want them to disappear from your life completely, which means throwing away all proof they existed.
It’s called “sanitizing” and it’s an extremely cathartic process. Sanitizing is an empowering coping mechanism for many that can help you move on from your heartbreak. So take control and stop scrolling through your ex S.O’s page – you deserve better.
1. It’ll stop those *cringe* questions
Nothing feels more awkward than being asked about your ex after the two of you have broken up. To avoid the endless stream of questions about where they are and how the two of you are doing, clearing your socials of them will clearly point to the fact that the two of you aren’t an item anymore.
2. Get some space
Personal space is essential post-breakup. We all become a new person as we move on from the past, coming into this new identity as a single person. A partner-free account signifies freedom and can be completely life-affirming. You don’t owe the world of social media an explanation of your breakup, but you can share pics of your fresh start.
3. It’s a purifying detox
This rings especially true for toxic relationships and abusive cycles. Sanitizing can help you cope and act as an exercise of sorts – with every image, you’re extracting this person from your life, and therefore muting the more painful reminders or difficult memories. Purge their existence and feel lighter immediately.
4. You deserve closure
It can feel impossible to move onto a new chapter when all you’re scrolling through is pics of adorable couples, even the one you used to be a part of. Closure isn’t possible if you keep seeing that person’s face, but a new start is easier once you take them off your page. Many people feel better after doing so.
5. Open the door for opportunity
How are you going to know that cute co-worker is also crushing on you if your account is littered with the ghosts of boyfriends past? People won’t know you’re not together anymore, so put up some alluring single photos instead that will let people know you’re back on the market. Take our advice and see – the DMs will start sliding in.
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