We’ve all been there. You text someone, needing and expecting an immediate response…and they just don’t bother. Either they respond at their leisure, or sometimes not at all.
It can be annoying, but it’s also very human, and…perhaps an indication of how much you may mean to the person in terms of their priorities. But even if they do have a legitimate reason to not respond according to your timeline, their lack of enthusiasm can hurt a little.
Or, if you’re like one mum on the internet, a lot.
This mum shared her recent frustration in a chat forum on popular parenting website Mumsnet, in a thread called “People too ‘busy’ to text back.”
User BerriTerri asked the forum if she was being reasonable in her annoyance with people who took “hours” to respond to her texts, or simply didn’t bother to respond at all.
“A simple question is either,” she begins the post, outlining the two possible scenarios.
“Read instantly then takes hours for a reasonably urgent response such a response to ‘do you still need me or pick A up from school today was the car fixed?’ (and whenever you see them they are on their phone…)”.
BerriTerri conceded the other possibility is that the recipient of her urgent text doesn’t recognise the urgency, and thus simply chooses to ignore the message.
But either scenario is unacceptable to BerriTerri, who claimed she always has the manners to respond.
"Like anyone is that busy they can’t text inside 48hrs," she said.
"I have 5 kids, work, home Educate and like them I still manage to waste time online."
BerriTerri explained that despite her busy schedule, she'll always respond. It's an issue that is so problematic to her, she sees it "as reason to pretty much drop contact/ friends when it’s repeated."