You could toss away all the photos, love letters, and other remnants of a past relationship or stash them in the coat closet, never to be seen again.
But in the age of social media, of course, the reminders live on in your and your ex’s feeds, and the politics of relationship purging can be tricky to navigate.
“It’s almost like a weird Google News pin reminding you of your ex,” explains one writer.
“In my opinion, it’s the laziest reach-out of all time.
“Out of sight, out of mind.” There was one thing all the editors agreed on, and that was profile photos: “Profile photos are definitely fair game to delete if they have an ex in them,” says one producer.
“Especially since those are the ones that get picked up by Tinder.”If you’re beginning a new relationship, things are especially tricky.
This may be fine if the relationship ended amicably but with anything deeper than casual dating there can be all sorts of potential problems.
Mixed messages One of the problems with staying friends on social media is that it can give mixed messages to your ex – you like them enough to not want to lose contact completely but you don’t feel strongly enough to make a commitment to being with them.
While you may think you have been perfectly clear, your ex may take your continuing friendship as a sign that there is still hope that you will get back together at some point in the future.
“We’ve all been down the rabbit hole of stalking the old relationship, the ex, the friends of the ex,” says another editor.
“It can be intimidating to look through it, but what did you expect?