Going through a divorce can be a stressful time between you and your spouse. If you use social media to communicate with your friends and family, you may feel like venting your frustrations in a Facebook or Instagram post.

However, social media is not always the best place to share your feelings. You may be able to use it to break the news to your friends and family. But using social media as a place for your negative emotions can hurt you in the long run.

You can make a post as a press release for your divorce

As many celebrities have shown, social media can be a good way to announce your divorce to your friends and family. You and your spouse can think of an announcement post as a press release. Instead of calling up each person or having the news come out over time, you can let most people know in one action.

Using social media this way can ease the stress of recounting your divorce to every person you know. You don’t have to retell each individual person about your divorce and the reasoning behind it.

Negativity on social media can hurt your divorce

While many divorcing couples can work together to use social media positively, some may use it as a battleground. These couples will lash out at their spouses on a public platform. And once something goes on the internet, it can stay there forever.

Choosing to use social media to vent may cause more damage than you intend. While you hope to hurt your spouse’s reputation, you may damage your own. When you go into divorce negotiations, your spouse may be unwilling to stay reasonable after you direct a hurtful social media post at him or her. And if you’re trying to keep your children out of the divorce battle, you may draw them in by making your issues public.

Privacy can make your divorce easier

Social media can have more power than you realize. Using it negatively can draw people into your divorce battle. But you may want to keep things more private. Putting the drama on social media may only make your divorce more difficult.