“Are You Going to Delete Me?” is a study conducted regarding the “post-breakup” grieving period that takes place on social media. The researchers gathered a group of individuals after their breakup and studied their activity on social media in regards to their ex-partners profile and their own social media posts with them. Through this, they were able to separate the group into four different sections ranging from “clean breakers” who have “zero to very little monitoring, interacting, or deleting and were unlikely to delete their ex-partner, stop use, or keep digital possessions”, through wistful reminicers, ritual cleansers, and lastly (and most impacted on social media due to their breakup) impulsives.
This article was very interesting as it enforces the point of social media consuming our lives. After a breakup, people are far more likely to obsess over their ex-partners (and ex-partners family and friends) social media pages. In addition, they are far more likely to have a longer and more intense grieving process due to this obsessive behavior. Having access to your ex-partners social media at the palm of your hand causes people to be anxious about what they and their families are doing, therefore elongating the process. Social media has clearly taken over many aspects of our lives, and this article underscores the point that this is not always a good thing.