At some point after a breakup, you're going to move on, forget about your ex, and release any thoughts of getting back together. You might even start dating someone new who is nothing like your ex, makes you happy, and who's excited to see where things can go. But even if you've moved on, it can still hurt a lot to see that your ex has moved on to someone else as well.
"Breakups are complicated for a number of reasons," Kate MacLean, resident dating expert at Plenty of Fish, tells Bustle. "Whether it was a mutual decision or not, you shared intimate moments and a part of your life with someone. Now you're expected to separate yourself from them."
That's never easy. With social media, it's even harder to completely forget about your ex. According to MacLean, a recent Plenty of Fish survey found that over a third of singles still follow an ex on social media to see what they're up to, despite nearly 50% saying it's better to give yourself a clean break and cut all ties.
If you've moved on and you happen to see that your ex is with someone new, you should feel happy for them, right? Ideally, yes. But sometimes seeing it can feel like your heart is breaking all over again. According to experts, there are reasons behind why seeing your ex move on hurts even if you have no intentions of getting back together.