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What’s Proper Social Media Etiquette For Breakups?

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – With so many people professing their love on Facebook this week for Valentine’s Day, what’s the Facebook etiquette in the event of a breakup?

If you profess your love on Facebook and then you break up, do you announce it to the world?  Or even more personal, do you defriend your ex?

“Hopefully it would be an amiable breakup and you wouldn’t have to! I mean, if you’re an adult,” one woman said.

“It depends on the severity of the breakup,” another woman responded.

Kuznits: “If you were defriended by someone who was an ex, would you be offended?”

“No, I wouldn’t.  I don’t think so.”

And what about defriending your ex’s friends?

“If it’s under conditions where you don’t want to be friends, then you might want to just separate your whole connections with them,” this woman answered.

Kuznits: “Of course if you defriend the ex-boyfriend or the ex-girlfriend and their friends then you can’t Facebook stalk them.”

“Right! Well, I would think you would have to leave that situation when you defriend the ex boyfriend, right?”

If you’ve been dumped and defriended, this guy has some advice, “Delete FB, join a gym.”

Reported by Hadas Kuznits, KYW Newsradio

  • Sherrol

    my husband declared his single status while still married to me and living with me…it hurt like hell and he uses his FB now to announce to all that he was in another relationship even before our divorce was final.

  • JS

    I think it’s okay to remove that person from your friend list if you broke up but depending on the situation. Not all breakup’s turn ugly and sensible people can remain friends without the actual heartache and then there are those who are born evil and want to get even. Announcing it to the world, No. I would like to think that those of us how are using Facebook should act like an adult and telling the whole world is not something others need to know.

  • EMas

    I was defriended by an ex about a week after our breakup. It got my attention (it was a first) – but wasn’t devastating. We had discussed how we really couldn’t be friends (we were very physically attracted to each other).

    I went to her page to copy a photo of us out sailing- cool pics that I wanted to keep (not the sad moping over her- well, maybe a little)

    I honestly don’t want to get updates of how she had a great time out with someone taller, richer or better looking than me- which would be a Facebook reality if she hadn’t defriended me- so I’m fine with it.

  • Anne Frankenstein

    If you take Facebook seriously, then you should consider deleting yourself.

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