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Meeting men on social media platforms seemed like the new online dating over the past year or so. With this new way to reach out (and potentially touch someone) there are, of course, Do’s and Don’t of Social Media Dating that had developed, changing everyone’s online etiquette.
Back when rumors where flying that Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher had broken up after his cheating heart had been reported, Demi tweeted out something a bit cryptic about men and their mistakes. Even celebs have discovered that while connecting and publicly sharing your love online can be an exciting new way to spread the word, technology has also made messy breakups even messier.
Tactfully deal with the end of a relationship online by following these tips!
Cautiously de-friend, un-follow and remove from Gchat. Deleting someone from your social network the minute you break up seems a bit rash and even childish. Calmly unfriend or unfollow your ex after a few days. Or just hide them from your news feed, but keep them as a friend. You’ll look like the bigger person, plus you can still stalk them in the future, if need be.
Avoid public flirting. Both your ex and anyone else following along with your breakup in a public social media platform (whether it’s your Facebook statuses or never-ending sad tweets) will take note. And if you’re the jealous type who was hurt by this ended romance, remember that your ex may take a cue from you and start publicly flirting with someone else. Can you handle seeing his public flirtations? If not, save the flirting to DM’s or private messages.
Refrain from posting cryptic statuses. Or lonely Adele lyrics. If you really want friends to take notice and listen to you cry about your broken heart, do it face to face, not desperately online.
Become “single” on Facebook. If you did the breaking-up, give your ex a few days to take down the “In A Relationship” themselves, so they can feel a little less dumped. Being “official on Facebook” can do more bad than good when a love has gone sour. Try to save relationship statuses for your engagement and marriage, please.
Take a social media vacation. A few days off from the internet gives both people in the breakup a non-public mourning period for a chance to go through those initial, emotional moments without saying (or reading) something hurtful or rude online. Even if you’re happy about the breakup, it’s more respectful to your ex to avoid happy (or fake-happy) over-sharing, so that your ex doesn’t have to see that you’re “Out with the girls’ for a night of freedom – finalllyyyyyyyy!” or on a “First date tonight with a sexy man I met at Le Bain. Fingers crossed”.
To De-friend or not to de-friend your ex’s friends? If you despise his buddies and know you’ll never interact with them again, both on and offline, then delete them from your online life. If you always got along really well and the relationship didn’t end on horrible terms, you can keep them as “friends”, but refrain from commenting on their walls for a few weeks or even months, so your ex doesn’t have to see your name and profile photo all over his feed.
How do you handle a breakup during the age of social media? xo