According to a study done at Western University, for individuals who had a breakup in the last 12 months, 88% of them stalked their exes on Facebook. And while this may seem like harmless web surfing, the Department of Psychology at Brunel University studied 464 participants and found that post-breakup surveillance of an ex via Facebook actually hindered moving on. Still, most of us are guilty of at least
So, we tapped two online-dating experts, Laurie Davis, author of Love @ First Click: The Ultimate Guide to Online Dating and founder of eFlirt Expert, and Thomas Edwards, founder of The Professional Wingman, to offer some advice on how to navigate the treacherous post-breakup Internet terrain. As Davis puts it, “We communicate differently on different platforms, so you should deal with them separately post-breakup.”
Scroll through the step-by-step infographic below to find out if it’s time to return the keys and hide the feed.
Illustrated by Gabriela Alford. Written by Kate Hakala.