24% of people check their ex-partner's social media channels weekly, while 13% admit to doing it daily.
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On average, people are most likely to stalk their ex weekly as 24% of participants surveyed revealed this is their most common ‘checking in’ habit to take a peek at their ex-partner’s new life.
Surprisingly, men are the most regular visitors, with 26% admitting to doing it every week, compared to 23% of women.
When asked about the main reasons for keeping memorabilia of past relationships on social media, 26% of respondents confessed that it’s due to still having feelings for their ex-lover, 27% of them being men and 25% women.
However, women tend to want to remember the past more than men and have keepsakes of events, which may explain why 25% of females admitted to keeping memorabilia on social media as they see it as a memory.
Callisto Adams, Certified Dating & Relationships Expert commented on the importance of removing all ties with an ex partner:
“When you keep your ex on your social media, you’re only hurting yourself—you’re making forgetting them harder, if not, impossible because you’ve created an illusion that needs breaking. You’re stuck reliving the same memories over and over again while your ex is out there living their best life…
“To grow, we need to create the optimal environment. When we continuously seek comfort in places that no longer exist we get lost, or worse, we get used to the pain because it once made us happy, and social media is huge in helping to worsen this pain.
“Things won’t change even if you continue to follow your ex on social media. People spend years cultivating a loving relationship, and you’re absolutely allowed to grieve its loss. But surrounding yourself with things that remind you of your ex-partner is only hurting you and constantly causing you to take a step back.”