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Should I delete all pictures of my ex?

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Last Updated: 10/01/2020 at 8:56pm
Should I delete all pictures of my ex?
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Top Rated Answers
Lalaxoxo
January 1st, 2016 5:52pm
If it will bring comfort for you.. YES! But if you're not sure, think on it.. It depends if its best for you or not.
Tanya29
January 2nd, 2016 12:05am
It depends how far into the break up you are. If it's recent, absolutely. Delete them temporarily so you can heal yourself. But there'll be a day where you'll enjoy reminiscing and it wont hurt anymore.
Anonymous
January 2nd, 2016 6:31pm
Immediately unless you want to be hurt. If you are here for depression, you will keep hurting those you love and keep doing things that will hurt you.
Pat
January 2nd, 2016 10:01pm
Whether or not you delete your pictures of your ex is up to you. For some people, it may bother them to see the reminders of their relationship, so it may be beneficial to delete them. For others, it may not make much difference. It is totally up to you.
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 2:05am
Sometimes, it is perfectly normal to miss your ex. You don't have to delete all of your pictures with your ex. Yet, if you want to get over them, I would delete pictures of you kissing them or being intimate with them. These pictures will trigger the emotions you have for them. Although, I am not saying you should forget about them. They were a part of your life.
whimsicalLight43
January 3rd, 2016 2:47am
Unless you and your ex are friends again, I believe you should delete all pictures, so you don't really have anything that reminds you of your ex. So you can move on. That's my recommendation, coming from a line of breakups and relationships.
KevsterOpt
January 3rd, 2016 10:07am
Yes. It helps in the forgetting process. Constantly or chancing upon pictures of your ex may serve as reminders of the past and will not help you move on.
Anonymous
January 3rd, 2016 10:44pm
No, because by doing that you are eliminating most chances of forgiving them, this Important because they may still be in the back of your mind without you knowing it
Anonymous
January 5th, 2016 1:05am
If deleting those pictures will help you with the process of getting over your ex, then I'd say go for it. But if you love him/her too much then I'd say try to mend your relationship.
CeramicFern
January 6th, 2016 1:58am
Memories can be nice to hold onto, but if you feel its consuming you deleting photos might be good.
JeezBurger
January 6th, 2016 4:15am
I believe it depends on how you two ended the relationship. If you were civil and agreed to be friends, and you two have some cute, silly pictures together, I would keep them just to remember the good times that you had. If it was a nasty breakup, and you just want to forget about them, I say trash all of those pics! (That's what I did!) Good luck :)
lovelyParadise60
January 6th, 2016 5:28am
In this case I would say yes the best way to move on is trying to get away from things that remind you of them
Anonymous
January 6th, 2016 9:57pm
That is really up to you. Personally I saved a few because I knew I would like to look back on my year or so with him. If you save them though make sure you don't constantly look at them because that can make the break up harder. You should do whatever is best for you though
supportiveNutella52
January 6th, 2016 11:56pm
When going through a break up it might seem the right thing to do. But if she is just someone you used to know and not really disturbing you it's fine, but if there in your head the whole time and you can't stop thinking about them, yes you should.
Anonymous
January 7th, 2016 1:02am
The only time you should delete your ex's pictures is when you truly feel ready. In my opinion, he may be an ex but when it's hard for you, take baby steps! Start by one picture and then another and each day you go higher. But another thing to think about is...are these memories you ACTUALLY do want to remember? If so, keep them!! Their but memories. It's truly all up to you and what the picture means to you.
Anonymous
January 7th, 2016 1:19am
It's advisable. You can make a folder and upload it somewhere you won't reach it too easy, so you won't get to look at the pics too often.
Anonymous
January 7th, 2016 1:24am
If you feel bad when you see them, you should do it. You shouldn't have to deal with something that hurts you
pandalistener06
January 7th, 2016 2:11am
If it well help you totally forget him or her, yes, please do yourself a favor. You don't want to torture yourself emotionally.
kianaranae0
January 7th, 2016 9:02pm
Yes, otherwise you will dwell on the past and your feelings for them. You should try to focus on something other than your ex when trying to get over them.
Anonymous
January 8th, 2016 3:38pm
Yes. . . . . . .
SmilingMeow
January 9th, 2016 10:41am
depends on you, personal opinion " delete it and if he/she doesn't care about you then why should you care about them ??
Anonymous
January 9th, 2016 11:29am
If this makes you depressed or angry or upset,then yes.But if you want to keep memories then no.But I think you should delete all of them..I mean he is your ex..
Anonymous
January 9th, 2016 1:53pm
If you think it will help you to move on, then you should. If keeping these pictures doesn't make you suffer, you can delete, but you don't have to.
Natureman
January 9th, 2016 4:23pm
No, you should delete most of her but keep some of the two of you, when you get older these become valuable memories which you will cherish, the experience you had with your ex made you who you are today
Anonymous
January 9th, 2016 9:40pm
Depends entirely how you feel about it. Do you want to do so? If this your happy memory of the good times with the person you once cared a lot, it could be just that. If you don't want to be reminded of this, you can just delete it. It all depends on how you feel.
GrowthMindset17
January 10th, 2016 3:40am
Yes ! Move on ! Having pictures of them will only remind you of the person. That is part of moving on. If not you might get tempted to look for them again.
Anonymous
January 10th, 2016 2:08pm
it would be better if you do .. you don't want that mind of yours to get wild at night and give you bad ideas
Anonymous
January 10th, 2016 6:44pm
Yes! Those pictures will remind you of him and the time you spent with him. You must not forget the good times, those you must cherrish. But if you keep the pictures they will keep you from moving forward
Itwillallbeokayhun
January 10th, 2016 7:38pm
From my experience, it depends on what terms your relationship ended. If your relationship ended mutually and on good terms, I do not see the use in all of the effort towards deleting them. However, if this wasn't a mutual decision, having those photos sitting around reminding you about it, is the opposite of beneficial.
j1312
January 10th, 2016 8:13pm
Depends on you.. Deleting your ex images dosent matter try to get over that by taking and being normal even after seeing those images, if u feel beeter when u delete the images then do it, but I suggest u is get it over that by being normal even after seeing those try to get the positive energy after seeing those also, use the pain to achieve something high.