7 Brilliant Tech Hacks To Help Stop Yourself From Contacting Your Ex

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An Eternal Sunshine filter? YES, PLEASE!

It’s the first, and definitely worst hurdle of any break up — the "no contact" rule.

Sure, at first it's tolerable. Your girlfriends swoop in to surround you with comfort food and pep talks. But when girls' night is over and you're sitting in your apartment alone, that first hour of silence can be stifling.

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So you log on to Facebook for some innocent late night stalking, and then in one status or one tagged photo, he's popped back into your life (cue the unwanted flood of bittersweet memories). Ugh.

You just want your ex out of your life! Out of sight, out of mind, right? It's easy to give into temptation and text or call, begging him to come back.

Here are seven heartbreak hacks including apps, plugins and other genius gimmicks to help you stop talking to your ex after a break up and stick to the no-contact rule:

1. KillSwitch

Stop creeping on him over Facebook! Launched on Valentine's Day (oh, the irony), this deadly-named app is a program that removes all traces of your ex from Facebook with a single click. That means photos, posts, etc. This is a last resort go-to ex-blocker, because once it's done, you lose everything and anything your ex was tagged in (making it awkward if you had mutual friends). But the nice thing is at least someone benefits from your heartbreak — KillSwitch donates part of their proceeds to the American Heart Association.

2. Eternal Sunshine

Looking for something a little less intense? No doubt inspired by the Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet movie, this browser extension removes updates from your Facebook news feed without having to dramatically defriend your ex. This is more advanced than Facebook's "hide" feature, as it completely removes him from all aspects of your Facebook. (So that means no more awkward friend suggestions.) Consider it a clean digital slate.

3. DrunkLock

You've been neglecting it, but it needs to be done: deleting your ex's number from your phone. To deter you from answering those late night booty calls, this app forces you pass a test of timed math problems before it allows you to phone your ex. Say goodbye to regrettable last-night texts!

4. Drunk Mode Keyboard

This does the trick on nights when five gin martinis take precedence over dinner. This app replaces your QWERTY keyboard with art time or has different settings like translating your set language to something foreign, so you will absolutely not know what you're even trying to say! If anything, you'll probably get distracted by it and then not try to text your ex!

5. Time To Split!

This app is a little unique in that it can be used in both carefree cases of just not wanting to see your ex out on the town... or cases where it might be necessary to avoid them in order to keep yourself safe. It has alerts that let you know when the selected person you're avoiding is nearby, or if you've both signed up for any events through Facebook. It will also offer escape routes if the person you're scanning to avoid comes within the area, just in case you need to make a lucky break and get away before they talk you into coming back to them!

6. Set up a mail filter

There's probably nothing worse than checking your inbox just to see a surprise email from your ex asking when he can come by and pick up his last box of stuff (cue, heart drop). Almost all major services give you the option to opt-out of emails from a specific address. In Gmail, you can block your ex by filtering emails. Open a message from your ex and click "more" in the right-hand corner to drop open options. From there, you can select to filter out your ex. That way, you still receive your ex's messages (in the event of an emergency), but they don't flood your inbox.

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7. Focus Lock

While this app may not be geared specifically toward ex lovers, it will do the trick if you're trying not to contact someone and losing to the urge! Focus Lock allows you to choose which apps on your phone you don't want access to and then sets an adjustable timer so that you can't use that portion until you're feeling more in your right mind.