If you’re a member of Generation Y, you are probably all too familiar with texts that go unanswered, or what I like to call “The Unrequited Text.” Whether you’ve been on the receiving end or the actual unrequited end (or both), you know that our generation deals with awkward or annoying things simply by pretending the thing does not exist.
If a text is sent into the ether but nobody is around to respond to it, does the text actually exist?!
It’s a cowardly way to handle things, not to mention immature, but hey — we’ve all been there at some point. Plus, there are certain situations where no response is necessary, or you shouldn’t have to feel obligated to respond — and that’s fine.
1. The text from the random guy/girl you gave your number to at the bar last night.
You probably had no intention of texting them back, but you felt bad and possibly a little tipsy, so what the heck. You figured they would never actually text you. But then they do…
2. The awkward roommate dispute.
This usually occurs in a group text format, where one person will passive-aggressively hint that some of the roomies have been slacking on the house chores as of late. But the tone is “like, so bitchy, so… whatever I’m not even responding to that.”
3. The text that asks for a favor.
Your friend needs a ride somewhere or someone wants to know if you’re ever going to pay them back for those concert tickets you bought last summer. These texts are sometimes followed by four consecutive phone calls, but it doesn’t matter because you’re pretending to be busy. So busy, in fact, that you just don’t have time to look at your phone! In reality, it’s sitting on your lap because you were just about to post a photo of beer and cheese fries with the hashtag #treatyoself. But now you can’t for fear that the person will see it and realize you’ve ignored their text. The favor text will eventually be answered, (“OMG, I’m SO sorry I didn’t have my phone!) but only after you’re positive enough time has passed that the favor is now null and void.
4. The text from your hookup buddy.
You are getting so sick of their shit. Why can’t they text you at a reasonable hour so it’s not painfully obvious that all they want is sex?! Besides, it’s either #sharkweek, you’re not in the mood to see them, or you have even better plans for the night. So… ignore.
5. The text from your ex.
To quote a very wise woman, “He calls me up and he’s like, “I still love you,” and I’m like… “I just… I mean this is exhausting, you know, like, we are never getting back together. Like, ever” …but your silence speaks louder than words.
6. The accusing text.
Because we all know that when your roomie asks, “Did you borrow my dress without asking and wear it out tonight?” she’s not actually asking at all, but acknowledging what you did. But it’s okay, because your lack of a response doesn’t confirm her suspicions at all.