Social media is something you likely use every day to connect with others, fill your downtime and stay in touch with friends and family. This is the same for most American adults of all ages.
According to the Pew Research Center, six out of every 10 Instagram and Snapchat users and seven out of 10 Facebook users visit these sites at least once a day. Although you do not necessarily need to stop using social media during your divorce, there are things you should and should not do to protect your interests.
What to do
As soon as you can once you decide to get a divorce, change all of the passwords on your social media accounts. Even if you do not think your ex will try and access your accounts, switch your passwords promptly.
You should also alter the security settings on all of your profiles. Change these settings so that no one can add a photo or put a public message on one of your profiles without screening it first.
What not do
Although it may be tempting, do not post negative or disparaging comments about your ex online, even if you think no one else will see. If you need to vent about your frustrations, talk to a close friend or family member or consider seeing a therapist.
Trying to carefully use social media while you go through a divorce can be overwhelming for many. You may want to consider taking a break from these sites or using them sparingly until you finalize your divorce.