One never knows how these 'Behind the computer curtain" wing things will Go or even end Up... I thought I was polite enough to not "ghost on him..." He sounds like the kind of Fellow who is just Mellow and comes and goes like the wind, not really into a Real Relationship, not even 'Friendship'... Here Today and gone Tomorrow to Another lost soul, you could Say... I know his type. Good luck and More real Deal guys with better tries. xx
You never met in person. That does not qualify you as "old friends." You rejected him and apparently he did not try to argue with you and he did not vent any anger on you. Instead, he moved on. It sounds to me like he took rejection with grace. He rejected your offer of "friendship" and you are upset. It sounds as if you aren't accepting his rejection with grace,
While he doesn't get 100% marks for manners, slipping away quietly post rejection when you hadn't met is not too bad.
Because thats the oldest trick in the book. There is no right or wrong way with this, you did it the way you thought was correct. Nothing wrong with that, although I would disappear as well. It is rejection at the end of it all really
Friendship is the most overused offer and suggestion someone who has no intentions of any getting with you will say. I honestly wouldn't want to be a friend if that offer was extended to me. Do you know how many times someone who gets rejected gets asked to be a friend? He could have responded back but clearly he felt no obligation to since he decided at that moment he wanted nothing to do with you.