One in three young adults would delete all images of their partner on social media sites such as Facebook or Twitter if their relationship broke down, new research has found.
Two fifths (42%) would "unfriend" their ex-boyfriend or girlfriend within a month of a split, while almost a third (31%) said they would extend the cull and remove all online contact with their ex-partner's friends and family, according to the study.
Behavioural experts said the findings showed young people were now using social media as "decisive means" to confirm the end of a relationship.
But the YouGov poll of more than 2,000 adults aged 18 to 34 also found:
- 17% thought it was acceptable to "stalk" a former partner's social media page to check if they were in a new relationship
- 65% said they would flaunt their new unattached status by changing their Facebook profile to "single" within the first month of a break-up
- 18% would change their status to "in a relationship" if they found someone new in the same period
- 30% believed it was acceptable to upload and tag pictures with a new love interest within the first month of a split
Psychologist Professor Craig Jackson, from Birmingham City University, said: