Social media is something you likely use every day to connect with other people, entertain yourself, stay on top of news stories and more. Although social media has probably become part of your daily life, it is something you need to be careful about using during your upcoming divorce.
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 7 out of 10 people in the U.S. use social media in some form. While it may feel like using social media is something everyone does, the following strategies can help you protect your interests online during the divorce process.
Update your privacy settings
As soon as you and your spouse decide to get divorced, change all the passwords on your social media accounts. You should also review the privacy settings on your profiles, so others cannot add photos or post about you without prior approval.
Watch what you post
It is normal to feel frustrated, angry and resentful about your spouse during your divorce. But you should avoid venting your frustrations on different social media platforms. Instead, talk to a trusted friend, family member or counselor about what you are going through.
Consider taking a break
The divorce process may make your life busier and more stressful temporarily. Consider staying away from social media for a while until you finalize the terms of your divorce.
Information found on your social media profiles can come up during the divorce process. As you work through your divorce, pay attention to what kind of information goes on your profiles and how you use them to protect your interests.