Do you tend to keep or delete photos of your ex?

Has keeping the photos caused any discomfort in your current relationship? If your partner kept their exes’, would you be upset? Or are you open to it? Keep
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  • Photos of your ex isn’t completely a bad thing... unless you’re constantly looking at them and tbh if you have them don’t expect the new flame of your life not too because we are only human and will do the majority of things the same just remember how you/ or your s/o reacted and expect the same if the shoe was on the other foot

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  • I keep them on my social media but delete them every where else. They had thier place and time. If I want to see her again I'll just look back.
    Also it is good to have some photos of you with an ex so your girl will know when she stalks you that your not some weird guy who has never dated.

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  • Delete. Mostly because when the breakup is fresh & not mutual, it hurts! It makes it harder to move on if I look at pictures from when we were happy. Even if the happiness was a lie or not who they really were. Your mind can sometimes trick you into staying in love with them.

    If the breakup was mutual & we were still friends? I would probably keep photos which just make us appear as platonic friends. The good memories can stay if we’re still OK. But I wouldn’t keep kissing photos. Especially if they get in a new relationship, that’s kinda disrespectful & sketchy to their new S. O.

    My ex husband still has our wedding photos on his accounts & all the girlfriends he cheated on me with too. So yeahhhh... I’m not interested in being anything like him.

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  • I only have one actual ex, and I've kept every photo. Granted, we only took a few. I guess because it was a big part of my life. But I don't keep them for fond feelings per se, more to remember how grateful I am that we're not together anymore, lol!
    I would be fine if my boyfriend kept photos.
    Nudes would be a different story though, lol.

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What Guys Said 69

  • Keep them for data mining of course. I use a convolutional neural network to extract features from these photos so that I could create a program that automatically fetches profiles of girls I might be interested in. Also for jerking off

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  • Depends a lot about how was the relationship

    I am thankful to keep the photos of my first girlfriend... She died some months ago by a shot in the head one year ago... I miss her a lot but I am so happy to keep those photos... They remaindme of the good times with Her.
    Yo never know what will happen
    And even if you suffered a lot, the good Moments Will he There with you.

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  • I took me a long time to move on because i would stare and dream at my pics with my ex (2years) i was tired of the pain then one day i said f*ck it. I deleted them all and was able to move on. I felt in peace at last, those pictured used to haunt me and make me sad

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  • It's all part of your history, why erase it. Its like cutting out a piece of who you are and what you've become

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    • Because some people don't see relationships as a step forward... some relationships are just meaningless sex or a step to more confidence. if I ended up with a guy, and he kept photos... I wouldn't mind, as long as long as I know that it was an important part of his life that made him a better man/human. not gonna a lie... id be a bit jealous, but meh.. if he knows how to reassure me and he really is over it, I'd be fine with it

  • I usually try to delete anything of an ex but unfortunately I learned google backs up all my stuff so I just said I’m not about to go through all that again 😂.

    But if I’m in a new relationship then I tend to remove as much as possible

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  • Having a picture timeline of your life isn't a bad idea in your instagram or FB history, it also shows that you were very social person. You may have gone on a excellent vacation or event together, the break-up may not have been hard feelings. Or the fact it could have been so long ago that if you were to see those pictures again years later, you wouldn't have the same feelings.

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  • Might like to look at them again sometime... and they may come in handy for blackmail (muwahahaha!) 🤔

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  • Most times I have no reason to keep photos of an ex. I might have one or two I suppose but that's it. They're in my memory so that's enough.

    I wouldn't expect a girlfriend to delete any pics. That's her call... besides she would get to look at her old flames and realize she completely upgrade ! 😉

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  • If she really hurt me then I would delete her pictures but if it ended on good terms then I would keep a photo of the two of together to keep as a reminder of something that used to be a part of me and all the great times we had together...

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  • If its some one who meant or means a lot in your life and yes a male can be just friends with an ex.. Dont delete a part of your life n forget the memories and such... They played a part in your life keep them in your life... No like Sal paper photos but keep em... Memories are part a life and as we age we forget n you'll be able to look back n be like hey this is what happened

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  • Depends on how it ended.

    Was it bad? was she a cheating hoe: delete.

    Mutual break up with no hard feelings: keep.

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  • I tend to keep then for a short period of time but typically they get deleted especially if I get involved with someone new.

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  • Delete everything.
    I'm not much of a pictures person anyway, if it's over then get rid of anything that induces a memory.

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  • I have them all, hidden password protected and duplicated.

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  • I consider it part of my life, and years later it's nice to look back and have those memories because the pain from the breakup has faded by then.

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  • I always delete them, simply because I don’t see the need of keeping them

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  • theyre memories, even if its your past, you shouldn't forget about the positive times you had with that person, so i keep them

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    • Which only makes your seperation hurt even more and you'd start missing em

  • There's a reason they're an ex, I have memories that won't go away, so I'll keep those over photos. A better future SO will replace them.

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  • I simply have no reason to delete them, and i hate deleting anything, never had problems with it. Even my current girlfriend has seen my ex's photos and she was cool with it.

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  • See no point in deleting memories, it's the past and they end up amongst a few thousand other pics anyway.

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What Girls Said 37

  • Delete, everything from everywhere

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  • I think it's very stupid to delete pictures. They are made to keep memories and even if you don't want those memories maybe one day you will. If you don't want those pictures on your phone or somewhere where you'l see them all the time, put them on a CD. That's why I tend to keep the pictures.

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  • I think it would depend on how long the relationship was, what we were doing, who were we with etc

    I'd delete any of him/ us by ourselves messing around, but if we went somewhere I'd keep them. If it was Christmas/ birthdays I'd keep all of those, those kind of things.

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  • I delete asap, I have no reason to keep the pictures - I want the visual memories gone quickly as possible. The only pictures I have ever kept of my ex was the wedding pictures. My mom suggested my son may want them later on when he gets older. I burned most of them but kept a select few for him for the "just in case".

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  • I keep them because they were part of my past and I know when I’m older I’ll definitely enjoy looking back, even if things didn’t end well and feelings are bitter, I keep them. I couldn’t imagine deleting them tbh. Especially if I looked nice in the photo 🤷‍♀️

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  • I deleted everything regarding my exes as soon we were over because they’re my past and I don’t want to think about them or reminisce. I just concentrate on my future.

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  • I don't have an ex, but I can't imagine id delete photos.
    I'd probably put all photos of us together in a folder somewhere in my computer and forget about it over time. But I cannot bring myself to delete any photos lol. Everything has a memory attached to it, and good or bad I'm too sentimental lmfao I always regret it when I delete something for good.
    I suck

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  • Delete.

    I have no need to have keepsakes of an ex. I prefer to sever all ties and move on. I would feel it was disrespectful to my SO if i kept photos of an ex.

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  • I prefer to delete photos of my ex because that is not fair to my boyfriend. I wouldn’t want him keeping any photos of his ex. That’s just a sign they haven’t moved on from the past.

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  • Delete then I don't have a shit about my asshole ex boyfriend. more better to delete then to keep them. current sweetheart might think you are not over the ex boyfriend. I mainly delete to keep my seft safe.

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  • All of my exes are from the pre digital camera and phone era.
    Boy that makes me feel old.

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  • I still keep them and they mean nothing to me. I love my new boyfriend. The pics are just old memories. It doesn't affect my relationship.

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  • delete because if they broke ur heart you will remember all the memories spent with them so it's better not to say hurt

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  • I’ve not deleted anything yet, I can’t bear too, but I can’t bear to look at them either

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  • I think you should keep them but if your current partner feels uncomfortable with you having them I think you should respect that person and delete them

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  • Deleted them cut ties. Hell I found my ex on a pornsite.

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  • I've done both depends how amicable the separation is

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  • Keep it, because even if we delete it, it doesn't mean that we already able to forget all of those memories that we have spent with our ex

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  • No I delete them and I expect the same from my partner.

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  • I kept because there isn't a lot and most photos look friendly rather than couplely.

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