Social media use is part of life, worldwide. It is highly likely that you have social media accounts, yourself. There are many good things about social media; namely, it makes it easier to keep in contact with family and friends, particularly if they live far away.
However, there are also several pitfalls associated with social media use, particularly in regard to divorce. According to Psychology Today, it is actually better to not use social media at all during a divorce, if possible.
The dangers of social media
Plenty of people take to social media in order to vent about things in their lives causing them problems or pain. Divorce is no different. However, keep in mind that once you post something on social media, it is free for general consumption. Even if you do have your social media profiles on “private” and you have removed your ex-spouse from your “friends” list, this does not mean that somebody else cannot take a screenshot of your post and send it to your ex.
Social media is not “private,” even if your settings say it is. Staying away from social media during divorce will help prevent the temptation to post something that could damage you.
Tips for social media use
If you wish to keep your social media accounts active, it is better not to mention anything about the divorce or your ex at all. Make sure to remove everybody from your “friends” list who is not actually a friend. Ask friends not to “tag” you or make references to you.
Social media can be a lot of fun, but it can also be a liability during a divorce. It may benefit you to close your accounts temporarily during the divorce process.