Should I Delete Pics Of Me And My Ex On Facebook? Dear Betch…

Dear Betch,

Can we take a moment to discuss Facebook break up etiquette? My ex and I broke up about 3 years ago after an on and off relationship that lasted for about 3 years. He was constantly cheating and finally broke up with me in a text. I'm older and wiser now, so I've moved on completely and he's been dating someone for a while now too. BUT I never went back and deleted our pics on Facebook. My friends think I should delete them for the sake of my “future boyfriend” who may be scared away by seeing pics of us making out on the beach, and they say I should delete them since he was a total jerk to me. 

Honestly, I never thought about deleting them. But now that it's been brought up, I'm finding the thought of it sad. As awful as he was, he was probably my first love. So, to delete or not to delete? What's appropriate these days?

Feel free to come up with a creative “sign off” name for me!

Don't tell me what to do,

If you and your ex had just broken up, I would say it would be permissible to go in and delete all your old pics if you wanted, for sanity's sake. Don't get me wrong, it would be doing a little too much, but nobody would fault you for getting rid of stuff that rubbed salt in your fresh breakup wounds. But now? Three years after your breakup, you want to go in and erase all traces of your ex? That is doing the absolute most. No sane guy is going to back-stalk you on Facebook and get threatened by the fact that you merely had an ex-boyfriend. That would be ridiculous. If that does happen, feel free to email me back so I can tell you to cut his unnecessarily jealous ass loose.

So yeah, keep the pics up, your friends are crazy. But thank you for giving me something other to answer than the usual, “So, does he like me?” (no).

Stay classy,

The Betches

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