04/18/2014 03:40 pm ET Updated Apr 18, 2014

Social Media Stalking Exes - Unfriending Ex On Facebook

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I had been stalking my ex all across the Internet for about three years when I decided to stop cold turkey last year. Not as a New Year's resolution (since those are inevitably doomed to fail), but ahead of that, in mid-December. It had become a bad daily habit, like playing with a loose tooth, knowing it will hurt but doing it anyway. The need to peek surreptitiously into his life was so deeply engrained in mine that sometimes I'd find myself on his Facebook page before my brain was even fully aware of what was going on, or my phone’s browser would populate his blog's URL automatically if I typed the right first letter.

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