You likely use social media to stay in contact with friends and family and for entertainment purposes. If you are like many people, social media has become part of your normal daily life.
If you are going through a divorce, you may wonder if using social media is a good idea at this time. Although you do not necessarily need to stop using social media, you should pay closer attention to how you use it during the divorce process.
Protect your privacy
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 72% of people in the U.S. use social media in some form, making it a ubiquitous part of daily life. It is tempting to vent emotions and share personal details on social media, but such actions can have unintended repercussions. Refrain from sharing sensitive divorce-related information, emotional outbursts or personal details.
Think before you share
Before clicking the “post” button, ponder how others might perceive your content. Avoid posting content that others could use against you, such as hostile or inappropriate comments, photos portraying irresponsible behavior or anything inconsistent with your claims in the divorce proceedings.
Evaluate your connections
Remove or block individuals who could have an adverse impact on your emotional well-being or who might potentially share your posts with your ex-spouse. Surround yourself with a supportive and nurturing network to aid you through this challenging period.
Use location tags cautiously
Location tags can unveil your activities and whereabouts, making you vulnerable. Exercise prudence when using them, as they can provide valuable information to your ex-spouse.
Use social media for support
In the midst of exercising caution, remember that social media can also offer support during your divorce. Explore groups or communities where you can connect with others who have traversed similar paths. Sharing your emotions with individuals who understand your struggles can be therapeutic and assist you in navigating these trying times.
If you feel like trying to manage your social media usage during divorce is too difficult, consider taking a break. You can always return to using social media after you finalize your divorce.