Should I Block My Ex? (11 Things to Think About)

Last updated on July 4, 2022 by April Maccario

If you’ve recently gone through a breakup, you may be wondering, “Should I block my ex?” 

It can be a tough decision to make, especially if you still have feelings for him or her. You may be asking yourself if they still have feelings for you or if you feel something for them. The post-breakup moments can be quite confusing, making you doubt your decisions. 

It’s normal to have these feelings about your ex. Most people go through periods of confusion during breakups. So, how can you best decide what to do? You may think blocking your ex is the best decision but aren’t 100% sure. It’s all so overwhelming. I’ve been there, so I understand your pain. You want to get closure, but you also think there’s a chance of getting back together.

In this blog post, we are going to look at the reasons you may not want to block your ex and some of the reasons why it might be a good idea to do so. Also, we’ll look at how to go about blocking your ex once and for all. 

When You Should NOT Block Your Ex

1. You want to get back together

If you think the two of you might get in a relationship with each other again, there’s really no reason to block him or her. You will just have to allow them access all over again when you decide to hook back up. Plus, how will you communicate with one another in the meantime? Keep the lines of communication open if you are on the fence.

2. You live together

If you are still living with your ex or haven’t yet moved out, it’s probably a good idea to stay in contact with one another. You never know when you will get locked out and need to get in touch with him or her. Plus, all your belongings are probably still at the house if you haven’t moved out yet.

3. You have a child together

If you have shared custody of a baby or child with each other, it’s probably smart to keep the lines of communication open. What if something happened to your child while he or she was with your ex? You would want to know about it right away. Unless you have lawyers or guardians involved, it’s probably best not to block your ex. 

4. You want to stay friends

Deciding whether to be friends with an ex or not is another topic altogether. You may want to stay friends with your ex if he or she was your best friend or if you had a breakup on good terms. If you aren’t sure whether friendship is right for your relationship, consider talking to your ex about it. How do they feel about the subject?

5. You have not had closure yet

you have not had closure yet

If you and your ex have not finished talking about your breakup, you probably should not block him or her yet. People who do not experience closure from breakups have difficulty moving on. You may not be ready to move on, but one day you will want to. In order to do this, you need to say everything that you feel is necessary for the breakup to finish.

When You Should Block Your Ex

6. You are ready to move on for good

Sometimes, blocking an ex can be the smartest move left on the chessboard, especially if you are ready to move on with your life. You don’t need to be thinking about your ex when you are meeting new people. Instead, block this person from your social media and phone accounts. Give them back their old sweatshirt and say, “Goodbye!”

7. You were in an abusive relationship

There is no excuse for abusive behavior. Did your ex lay his or her hands on you? Hopefully, you did or will involve the proper authorities. You don’t need to have any contact with anyone who has abused you in any way. You are a unique individual who only deserves the best in life, so treat yourself right by blocking this person for good.

8. Your ex cheated on you

This is another one of those reasons that there is no excuse. If your ex wanted to sleep with someone else, he or she could have just broken up with you before doing so. There’s no reason to toy with your feelings by doing it while the two of you were still in a relationship with one another. Leave that jerk behind, and block him or her!

9. Your ex is playing games with you

There’s always that one ex who enjoys toying with other people’s hearts. You don’t want a creature like that hanging around your life, do you? He or she may play hot and cold from day to day, enjoy messing with your head, or want to lead you on, keeping you as a backup plan in case his or her new flame doesn’t work out. You don’t deserve that!

10. Your ex is stalking you

your ex is stalking you

Sometimes, people just cannot take no for an answer. They create fake email addresses after you block their current one. They spy on you on social media. They show up at the stores, movies, shops, restaurants, and anywhere else you happen to be. They just can’t get enough of you, but you can get rid of them! File a restraining order and delete them!

11. Your ex makes you feel bad about yourself

You deserve to celebrate who you are in a new and beautiful way, and you don’t need anyone telling you anything different. If this person makes you feel like you are worthless, giving you low self-esteem, or making you self-conscious, you need to move on. You can go ahead and delete this person from your phone and social media.

How to Block Your Ex

When blocking your ex, you want to do it right the first time around. Make sure you block his phone number and his information from your social media accounts. Don’t forget Snapchat, Skype, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and all of the other accounts you shared. Get the pictures of the two of you off all those social media sites, too. You don’t need a reminder next year.

You should watch out for mysterious new friends that are popping up. It could easily be your ex, pretending to be someone else. If you want to keep him away, don’t let new friends in unless you are sure of who they are. I once had an ex pop up on Facebook, pretending to be this new person. I talked to this person for a while before I discovered it was my ex who was playing me.

You may go through a short period of withdrawal when you block your ex, as you want to see your ex on social media. If you can, put the thought of your ex on social media or texting you on your cell phone out of your mind. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but blocking your ex from your mind can actually prove to distract you from thoughts of him or her.

FAQs

Should I block my ex if I want him back?

There’s really no reason to block an ex you hope to get back together with. You cannot get your ex back if you are unable to contact them. If it’s only for a short period of time, you could turn your phone off to give you time to think.

Is blocking an ex immature?

It can be if you are only doing it to play games and eventually want your ex back. If you have a valid reason for blocking him or her, go for it! Nobody is forcing you to stay in contact with people you had past relationships with. Move on! 

Is it better to ignore or block?

In my opinion, it is harder to ignore messages and social media alerts than it is to just block him or her. If you no longer want a relationship with this person, blocking is one way to show that. You will just end all communication with that individual.

Should I block him or just ignore him?

I think you should block him. That way, you are not tempted to get into a relationship with him again. One way to do this is to block him on social media accounts. You can explain that you think it’s the best way to move on with your life.

Is Blocking someone immature?

Blocking someone is not immature, especially if you have a good reason for doing it. Maybe he is stalking you and will not take “no,” for an answer. You don’t want to be in a relationship with someone like that. You deserve your peace and quiet.

To Sum Things Up…

Have you been in a relationship with someone who wouldn’t leave you alone? Have you been blocked, or are you doing the blocking? What advice can you share with the readers? Please comment, and don’t forget to share this post with other people!

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April Maccario
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to understanding how relationships between men and women work, and what drives a certain behavior. I spend much of my time getting into the nitty-gritty and try to share my findings on this site with the hope of making life a little easier for women that are struggling in their relationships or love life.

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