How to Remove Your Ex from Your Digital Life
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
May 07 2012 03:32 PM ET
CREDIT: Shutterstock: Martin Cormier
Moving on after a breakup has gotten a lot tougher since technology has become such an integral part of our lives. It used to be just a matter of tossing out his toothbrush and throwing out the six-pack you kept in the fridge for him. Now it also requires a bit of typing. But it can be done.
Dry your eyes, log on and tune him out.
Delete text messages. Phones clog up with banal messages: "C U," "Be there in 5." And even "luv u" missives. Same goes for voicemail — you do not need to listen to his voice again. Look at it this way: You're making room for someone new.
But don’t delete his contact information. Consider changing his name to "Do not answer." Once you've listened to the voicemail — who can resist? — delete.
The longer you've been together, the more email you'll have buried pages back. Instead of deleting each one, type his email into your search, select all and delete them. If your contacts aren't synced with the changes you just made on your phone, delete him from your email address book — no chance of seeing his address as an autofill option.
The great thing about Timeline is that you can "hide" items rather than delete them. There may come a time when you'll be glad things didn't work out, but until then, you don't need the reminders. Plus, what if "new guy" starts digging into your profile? He doesn't need to see you smooching another man.
Go to your Instagram profile and select "Photos" and open each one with your ex in it. (But if there's a great picture of you that he took, save it — could be perfect for a match.com profile picture.) Use the box with the three dots to access your options. That's right — it's the big red delete button.
Chances are he's not on Pinterest , but if you succumbed to pinning romantic visions of your future, delete the pins that will only remind you of what might have been.
Spotify or other music services
Log on and delete "your song" and tracks by artists that you never listened to before meeting him.
Like ripping off a Band-Aid, this process is best done quickly and all at once. Now go back online, tweak your dating profile and move on.
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