Most Helpful Guy
All but one ex, a former fiance of mine. I never found it in me to delete her photos. What I ended up doing was burying it on an external drive and making it incredibly difficult for me to access them. I haven't in many years and the drive might even be damaged, I don't know and have reached a point where I don't really care. It was a compromise though in the one case where I couldn't delete her photos. I just made them so hard to access that I never bothered again.
Most Helpful Girl
I delete them once I have a feeling that there's no going back. Or sometimes if he's hurt me and I want to end it, I usually deleted the pictures first as a way of preparing for the breakup. (Sort of like, there's no going back now)
I delete the pictures, text msgs, and throw away the gifts that weren't useful. For example, a box of chocolates or cards.
It's over and I don't want the pictures (of happy times) to delude me from the reason we broke up. Also, I think it would be uncomfortable for the new boyfriend. Like why cling to the past if it's over? It's enough to have the memories in your mind.
The people who keep them, I wonder would they date someone who kept pics of their exs, especially if they were still friends on FB or if the pics were still readily accessible on their phone's camera roll or something?
I probably wouldn't want to know if my new boyfriend was keeping pics but I'd definitely feel some kind of way if I came across some on his FB or phone or something.
I get the sentiment that the past shaped who you are but would/do you keep pictures of old college/high school textbooks? They shaped who you are too. Lol