No one feels their best after a breakup. No matter the reason, it stings to lose someone who used to be your best friend. If you got dumped, then the hit to your ego is even worse.
When you’ve been burned by an ex-partner, there’s only one thing on your mind: making them regret it.
You want your ex to be so miserable they wish they had never met you. To make them curse the second they decided to walk away. You want them to see that you’re a better person now that they’re not in your life.
In short, you want them to get a visit from the green-eyed monster: jealousy. Jealousy is the best revenge. It’s the perfect way to make your ex obsess over you without sending him so much as a text message. All you have to do is live your best life, sit back, and wait.
But if you’re sitting there wondering, “how do I make my ex jealous?” Then you’ve come to the right place. Sure, you can try the no-contact rule. But does no contact work?
If you aren’t convinced about that technique and still follow each other on social media, then posting a strategic jealousy status can work wonders. Though these tactics usually signify wanting to get back with an ex, it doesn't always.
Things to know
- To make an ex jealous, post status updates on social media highlighting personal achievements and successes, travel, wealth, fun times with friends, and an active and fulfilling lifestyle.
- The aim is to showcase that you're thriving without your ex and to evoke feelings of jealousy in them.
- The key is to make them regret breaking up with you. However, avoid blurring the line between fact and fiction, as it can get messy.
Three kinds of status updates are guaranteed to make your ex miss you. They’ll be left wondering what you’re doing and who you’re with. Hang tight, this is what we'll cover:
- Make Your Ex Jealous By Living Your Best Life
- Make Your Ex Jealous By Playing The Field
- Make Your Ex Jealous By Dressing To Impress
- Statuses To Avoid
- Final Tips
Make Your Ex Jealous By Living Your Best Life
This type of status is designed to show your ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend that you are thriving without them. The goal is to make your ex miss all the fun times you had together now that you are doing new things without them. When they see how you’re living it up with your social circle, they’ll turn green with envy.
1. “Beyond blessed to be starting a new role as…”
They say success is the best revenge. So if you are doing well at work, don’t hold back: post a status sharing all the exciting progress happening in your career! Got a promotion? Started a new job? Recognized for your efforts by the head of the company? Make sure your ex hears about it. Proudly post the good news across all your social media accounts.
2. “Catch flights, not feelings.”
Travel opens new doors, and your ex knows it. Book a fun trip, or find an old photo from your last vacation. Captioning your latest adventure with this line is the best status to make your ex jealous. Not only does it look like you’re thriving without them—but you’re also sending a clear message that you're putting your past relationship behind you and looking ahead to new things.
3. “Feels amazing to watch all my dreams come true.”
Hinting at your wealth is another way to make your ex-partner see green. If you recently made a big purchase, like a car or a house, then make it a social media post.
Or, if you aren’t in the financial position to make that happen right now, just share an ambiguous status like “Getting closer to my goals every day.” When they see it, they’ll quickly get the memo that you don’t need to rely on anyone but yourself.
4. “The nights we can’t remember are the ones we won’t forget.”
After a rough breakup, it’s essential to go out and have fun with your friends. It takes your mind off things, but it also serves another purpose: filling your ex with jealousy. Get a group selfie at a party, and add this line to the photo when you post it on social media the next day. Your ex will hate to see you living it up with your social circle instead of crying over the breakup.
5. “Nothing like a long morning run to start your day right!”
You’re not laying in bed all day waiting around for your ex. You’re getting up early and making the morning count. Now that you’re single, you’re becoming your best self. That’s the message you want to send with this jealousy status. Even if you didn’t make it out the door for that run today, they’d still imagine you did.
6. “Not all who wander are lost.”
Swap out your profile picture for a cool shot of you spending time in nature. Maybe it’s a photo of you at the summit of a mountain or taking a scenic walk through the woods.
Adding this famous Tolkien quote about embracing the unknown will definitely evoke some jealousy in your ex. They’ll see your new profile photo and understand that you’re not afraid of life without them.
Make Your Ex Jealous By Playing The Field
Even if you aren’t in a new relationship yet, these status updates should hint at having a new person in your life. With this strategy, you don’t have to fabricate a new boyfriend. Posting just enough to make your ex wonder if you’re seeing someone will be enough to drive him crazy.
1. Post a picture with a cute male friend
If you have an attractive best friend of the opposite sex, now is the time to phone in a favor. Call them up and ask to get together. Even if you’re just going to the grocery store, try to get a friendly picture of the two of you together. When you post it, you’ll make your ex wonder if that friend was really as platonic as they seemed.
This jealousy status works even better if your ex felt threatened by your friendship in the past.
2. Change your relationship status to “It’s Complicated”
After you’ve posted a few jealousy status updates, go to your Facebook account. Change your relationship status from “Single” to “It’s Complicated.” This could mean anything. But all it will mean to your ex is that you’ve started seeing a new person.
Maybe you even have a new boyfriend. They will definitely be jealous when they see that Facebook update.
3. Make one of your Instagram captions “P.S. I love you”
This is another status where you could be talking about anything. And that’s exactly why it will make your ex wonder what—or who—inspired the caption. Post an innocent picture, like flowers, along with this quote. Let your jealous ex draw their own conclusions about what it means.
4. Share the lyrics to a love song
When someone is in a new relationship, they feel completely consumed by love. They smile more, hug more, and most importantly, post-romantic statuses more. Sharing a love song on Facebook or Instagram will set off alarm bells in your ex’s mind.
When they see you’ve posted Ed Sheeran lyrics to your WhatsApp status, they will definitely suspect you’ve met someone new. Even if you don’t have someone special in mind, it’s small things like this that will make your ex crazy with jealousy.
5. “My favorite place for date night.”
Post a picture of a table for two the next time you go out to dinner. The key is ensuring you don’t show who you’re with. Maybe it’s your mom. Or perhaps it’s a new boyfriend. Your ex has no idea. But when you add this status to the picture, they will definitely jump to jealous conclusions.
Make Your Ex Jealous By Dressing To Impress
You want your ex to see what they’re missing. With this type of status, don’t be afraid to flaunt what you’ve got. Never call them out directly, but play jealousy games with your ex by pairing your Instagram captions with coy photos.
1. “Felt like dropping dead ends”
Nothing says ‘needed a change’ like switching up your hairstyle. Share this status after getting a trim to send a double meaning. You’ll capture your ex’s attention with the fresh new look and then send them spinning with jealousy when they realize you’re not just talking about your hair.
2. “In need of Vitamin Sea”
This is the best status to rock a bathing suit in. Pull out a flattering photo of yourself at the beach and upload it to social media. When your ex sees your suntanned selfie on Facebook, they’ll wish they were lying on the sand next to you. This fun caption keeps the status casual and carefree.
3. “You can never be overdressed or overeducated”
This Oscar Wilde quote is perfect for a confident caption. If you’re dressed up to go to a fancy event, snap a quick pic and post away. This status will remind your ex that you have both brains and beauty. It’s a double gut punch to your former romantic partner.
4. “Throwback to that time my best friend got married…”
This status gives you a great excuse to post an old picture where you looked your best. If you were ever involved in a wedding party, you probably had some extra help getting ready.
That expensive outfit, perfectly styled hair, and professional photography can be put to work with a throwback status. Share an old photo from a friend’s wedding day and add this caption to make your ex wonder what could have been.
5. “No better feeling than seeing all your hard work start to pay off”
You’ve got goals that don’t include your ex. Show them you’ve moved on to new things with a social media post. Sharing a gym selfie is the perfect way to flaunt your fit figure while reminding your ex that you’re a strong and driven person. Flex for a photo during your next workout.
Now that you know the different types of status updates to target, what about the ones to avoid? Jealousy games are tricky. You have to be careful not to scare off the green-eyed monster. Here are some tips for what NOT to do when posting after a breakup:
Statuses To Avoid
1. Breakup quotes
When you’re playing jealousy games, confidence is key. You want to look calm, cool, and collected. Anyone reading your WhatsApp status or Instagram captions should have no way of knowing that you’re going through a hard time. That’s why posting breakup quotes is to be avoided at all costs.
Sharing sad sentiments like “Forever is a lie” or “The way they leave tells you everything” will only make your ex pity you, not envy you.
2. Negative status
Don’t show any negative emotion in your jealousy status. Otherwise, your ex will feel the opposite of how you want. Instead of wishing they had you back, they’ll be happy they got away from your bad energy. Avoid posting an angry or sarcastic status, like “Treat me like a joke, and I’ll leave you like it’s funny.”
3. Desperation status
Begging is the last thing that will make your ex jealous. Posting a status like “I would do anything for one more chance” just seems desperate. They can’t miss you if they know you’re readily available to them. And if you are pining over your past relationship? Tell your best friend, not all your followers.
When playing jealousy games after a breakup, things can get messy. You might have to blur the line between fact and fiction, but try not to cross it entirely. Your social media strategy could backfire if your ex catches you in an elaborate lie. Keep it cryptic for the best status results.
Don’t forget; your ex only sees these sneaky statuses if you still follow each other. So if you’re doing the no contact rule, make sure you pivot to a different jealousy technique.
Most importantly, have fun! In a healthy relationship with the right person, posting a jealousy status wouldn’t even be necessary. Your ex can handle a little teasing from your next caption.
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