Facebook stalkers are real. And guess what? They’re probably your exes . . . or you!
A new report says that the most likely Facebook stalkers are heartbroken former flames. In fact, 88 percent of people admit to Facebook stalking their exes after a breakup. And here’s where it gets creepy: Deleting exes off of your friends list won’t necessarily stop them (or you!) from becoming Facebook stalkers, because a lot (70 percent!) of Facebook stalkers simply use mutual pals’ accounts to lurk their exes’ pages.
Some Facebook stalkers even take it a step further and will log into their ex’s accounts. Not cool! If someone does that to you, report it–and if you’re tempted to do it to anyone else, don’t. What good could possibly come out of hacking your ex’s account?! (The answer: None. None whatsoever.)
So will deleting your ex make you feel better? Surprisingly not. Those who defriended their exes to avoid becoming Facebook stalkers were actually more stressed about their splits than those who stayed Facebook-connected to their former loves. Not a shocker? Those who were most heartbroken by their breakups were the most frequent and severe Facebook stalkers.
Some more fun facts about Facebook stalkers, by the numbers: 64 percent of Facebook stalkers went back and overanalyzed old messages or wall posts from their ex, and 61 percent were asked about their breakup when their relationship status changed (don’t you hate the Timeline feature?). Perhaps to prevent their exes from becoming Facebook stalkers, half of those surveyed deleted an ex’s pictures, and 38 percent changed their privacy settings (smart!). In more passive aggressive moves, about a third of people either posted photos to make their ex jealous or made their status a song lyric or quote about their ex.
Basically, breakups turn almost everyone into Facebook stalkers–at least temporarily. But here’s the thing about Facebook stalking: Where does it actually get you? It seems like a big waste of time to dwell on someone you’re not dating anymore, doesn’t it? So we propose this: Give yourself three days to lurk and be a Facebook stalker. Then block your ex from your news feed and get on with your life. You have better things to do (you know, like read Gurl!)–and you won’t meet your new boyfriend if you’re too busy Facebook stalking some jerk who was stupid enough to dump you.
Have you ever dealt with Facebook stalkers? Have you ever been a Facebook stalker yourself? How do you recommend preventing Facebook stalkers from lurking on your page? Tell us in the comments!