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Should I delete all pictures of my ex?

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Last Updated: 03/23/2021 at 8:51pm
Should I delete all pictures of my ex?
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March 24th, 2016 7:16pm
Yes. I know it might be hard to, but it is for the best. If you keep them it'll hold you back, and you don't need that.
December 27th, 2016 9:44am
Yes. Why not? It also depends on the equation which you share with your ex and on the reasons why you have split up. If it was a common decision and you share a friendly rapport then you may as well keep some pictures. However, if it was a bitter split and you want him/her out of your life then go on delete everything.
July 28th, 2015 12:24am
Pictures are forever memories. If the memories are too painful at the moment try to stay away from the pictures until you can look back at the good times you had with the ex and be happy for those moments.
September 17th, 2015 1:18am
It depends. I've been through a couple breakups, ands though sometimes looking at photos of my ex can be evoke unpleasant emotions, other times, I'm reminded of the happiness and love I was experiencing at the moment, and feel that when I'm much older, I'll want to look back on those memories.
September 23rd, 2015 4:47am
That is what I did and I don't regret it. It was a painful break up and I would rather not have constant reminders. Of course everyone is different and their breakups could have been calm and respectful. It's really about preference and what you can handle.
November 16th, 2015 8:48am
Yes! I think you should remove all trace of past toxicity to fully move on to a more positive path :)
February 4th, 2016 11:54pm
This is up to you. If you feel that you cannot stop yourself from looking at them and missing your ex, or otherwise feeling bad, then I would delete them. If this is not the case, there is no reason to delete every trace of the person, because it will be nice to reminisce at some point.
June 8th, 2016 8:57pm
No. Especially since you don't know if that's how you'll feel later in life. It may seem beneficial at the moment. But one day you might want to see those pictures again. If you don't want them with you, you can back it up somewhere. Deleting pictures may be just how you feel at the moment. When you're more sane, and ready you may want to look at them again someday. If not, at least they're backed up if you do!
June 9th, 2016 6:48am
Getting over your ex is a hard process. Deleting moments with them will help with getting them off your mind and moving on. This can be tough though so do it at your own pace.
September 13th, 2016 10:19am
Yes, please delete all the pictures. If you don't feel strong enough to delete them right away, keep them away in a folder and try your best not to see them! The memories will never let you move on. You will always be holding on to it and it's not good for you. Hope my answer helped you.
April 3rd, 2018 4:51am
In order for a person to move on with their lives especially knowing that that person is no longer going to be apart yeah it is best to get rid of them if you don't want to constantly have someone to bring you down it's already bad enough dealing with the loss of the person by verbally telling you she does not want nothing to do with you or even he so why keep things that are going to hurt you in the long run and not let you to be at peace
December 4th, 2014 9:08am
it is doing nothing but cause you pain by making you remember the memories with that person which will do nothing but damage in the end.
June 10th, 2015 2:39am
I think that is a great idea, dwelling on the past is no way to focus on your future. Keeping pictures of your ex will only remind you of hurt and pain, you need to move on and get out there! :)
June 17th, 2015 4:40am
Yes, if you'd really like to move on. You don't want to keep viewing these constant reminders of what you once had. It'll hurt more. You have to let go.
August 4th, 2015 8:29pm
Do what you think will help you move on and put your mind at rest. Everyone deals with breakups differently
August 26th, 2015 2:11am
it helps if you become stressed and besides that it is a good idea, because when you start fresh with someone else it wont be difficult
September 17th, 2015 5:44pm
Yes, you should delete all of your pictures of your ex. They are your ex for a reason. You deserve better anyways.(:
September 20th, 2015 3:41am
if you feel that those pictures are bad memories or hurt you or remind you of them and you know you are not going to get back together then you can delete them
September 26th, 2015 9:19am
Yes, you should, in order to save yourself from getting hurt :) you are important to all of us. Move on the way he did.
- Expert in Breakups
March 16th, 2016 3:52pm
I say no. Because those are good memories. Why would you want to get rid of them. When your older and have kids you might want to show them.
March 21st, 2016 12:55pm
That is very personal choice, but if you have beautiful memories , keep & treasure them, people change but memories don't .!
March 25th, 2016 4:10am
I have deleted all of my photos of my ex. The point is to move on from that part of your life and evolve into the next version of yourself. To become better and stronger, and I believe that you can do that best if you are free of distractions and anything from that part of your life that might come back.
March 27th, 2016 1:29pm
It depends, but I would consider it as an option. When my girlfriend broke up with me my feelings were crushed. I never felt something as horrible as that. It took month for me to come over her, but deleting her pictures was a major step in the right direction. Actually it was not me who deleted the pictures, it was my best friend. She deleted them when I left my phone on the table and I am so so thankful for that now. If the pictures trigger you all the time and you can't stop looking at them you should consider deleting all of them. It can help you. It helped me. Have a great day :)
March 27th, 2016 2:24pm
Yes you should. It contains all your memories which are not going to help you at all in the future. You need to forget, forgive and move on with your life. Keeping any memory of your ex is not going to help you with it.
June 8th, 2016 2:33pm
Pictures of him are only going to keep you hooked on to him. That's what I learnt after my breakup. It did take me a while to get myself to do it but when I did, it was certainly liberating. I suggest you do it
June 9th, 2016 8:51pm
You should ask yourself, 'why would I keep pictures of my ex?' This person is not in your life anymore for a reason. It may be because the relationship was toxic, I don't know, but my point is it is going to be hard to move on if you're thinking about the past and if you're not letting go of the past.
June 10th, 2016 1:13pm
If you keep the pictures of your ex it will enable there as a reminder of what you don't have anymore or lost better if you don't
May 12th, 2018 11:43am
It is totally up to you actually. I understand that it may be heartbreaking to see your ex's pictures as you may recall your memories with your ex. It is certainly understandable to ask whether or not you should delete all pictures of your ex. For me, I would not delete them as whenever i looked at the pictures, i would be able to think of the past and recall what i had done wrong. It may seems to be wasting time, but actually this can help you face the problem and understand more about yourself.
December 8th, 2014 12:04am
I don't think it's a good idea. They're part of your personal history, and nobody with a iota of self-esteem will get at you for having mementos of your younger days.
December 22nd, 2014 12:12am
If you dont want to delete them just yet,you should atleast put them out of sight for some time,maybe save them on a flashdrive,so you dont look at them everyday