Breaking up has always been a painful, miserable business, but social networking has added a whole new level of mortification to the process.
There is nothing worse than scrolling back through your Timeline or photo albums on Facebook and coming across pics of your ex. Whether it was weeks, months, or years ago, the memories sting fresh and you wish there was a way to scrub every last trace of that person from your Facebook.
There is a new Facebook app is called KillSwitch. It works by combing through your Facebook profile for anything that’s been tagged with your ex’s name and wipes away the now-painful evidence.
Photos are stored in a top-secret hidden album that only you have access to, so you don’t do something you regret. The app also lets you unlike status updates, and it all happens seamlessly so your feed doesn’t reveal a bunch of late-night wine-fueled untagging and deleting.
KillSwitch’s co-founders say the app is for the recently broken-up, regardless of the exact nature of the relationship, and that it’s intended to help you get past the bad feelings without encouraging permanent decisions you might regret later:
KillSwitch is for anyone fresh out of a break-up looking to move on. What if they have a lot of pictures of their ex and they don’t want to be reminded of that? KillSwitch is also for anybody that has had a falling out, be it a friendship or coworker, any relationship that you really don’t want to have evidence or traces of on Facebook. (…) We have a friend who deactivates her Facebook profile after every break-up. We don’t see KillSwitch as a vindictive tool but part of a greater healing process.
Interestingly, a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association so — as KillSwitch puts it — “Broken hearts can help mend broken hearts.”
I guess it’s a little sad to think about the need for this app, but it does seem like a good idea. More than ever,our relationships are being preserved via social media, and it’s nice to have an easy way to remove the stuff we don’t want to be faced with every time we log in. Breaking up is messy enough without having to go through and manually clean the digital house.