The answer to this question is, yes, social media can definitely hurt you during divorce. In fact, many recommend simply not using social media during divorce at all. However, many of us have established networks of family and friends that we connect with through social media.
There are certainly some steps you can take to moderate your social media use and ensure that you do not accidentally sabotage your divorce proceedings. According to Psychology Today, some steps you can take involve changing your privacy settings to the highest levels, and only posting positive things.
Make sure your friends are your real friends
Many people use social media to be in contact with as many people as possible. However, if you wish to continue to use social media during a divorce, it is better not to do this. Remove any “friends” from your list who are not actually your friends in real life. Make sure to put your privacy settings up as high as possible. It goes without saying: “unfriend” your ex and any friends or family members directly connected to him or her.
Keep it positive and PG-rated
It is tempting to get on a social media site and vent, but this is not wise. Remember that, even if you have pruned your social media list, it is still possible for one of them to take screenshots and share them. Not only does this include negative posts about your ex, but also if you are engaging in heavy partying or substance use. This can have massive effects on your divorce.
You can continue to use social media during divorce, but you must be wise. Have a content plan in place before you move forward with social media.