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Should you use social media while going through a divorce?

On Behalf of | Mar 17, 2023 | Divorce

Social media can bring people together no matter where they are in the world. However, it can also cause major issues when there is divorce turmoil going on in your life.

That is why divorcing couples should approach the topic of social media carefully while figuring out the process. Here are a few tips to help you avoid any stress and anxiety related to social media usage and divorce.

Social media’s effect on adults during the divorce process

Taking divorce grievances to social media may feel cathartic in the moment, but it can cause you a lot of unnecessary stress. If your former spouse happens to see a post where you are speaking negatively of them, they will likely retaliate. Additionally, seeing your ex posting about their new love life or other developments can fill you with resentment and jealousy.

As a result, people going through divorce should consider giving up social media for the time being. If you choose to maintain your profiles, change privacy settings to the highest possible level. You should also unfriend any family or mutual friends of your ex to prevent them from transmitting personal information.

How social media can affect your kids

In addition to the consternation social media can cause during your divorce, it can also have a negative impact on your children. For instance, children may see negative posts from you or your ex-spouse, which can cause confusion, hurt feelings, or even anger. The divorce process also leaves kids more susceptible to fluctuating emotions, which can become worse with online bullying and other issues.

That is why parents should monitor their children’s social media usage during divorce. Even if you choose to shut down your profiles, staying in tune with your child’s online presence ensures you can provide the support they need during a rough time.

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