How long do you give someone to respond to a text before you assume it ignored?

I understand people or busy, and not everyone is around their phone, but how long do you give someone to respond before you begin to think they ignored you?


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Most Helpful Guy

  • call them... texting sucks.

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What Guys Said 5

  • I treat texts like emails. They're to be responded to at the person's liesure. If I wanted an immediate reply I would have called, not texted. And if they were too busy to answer their phone I'd wait until they weren't and try again.

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  • I usually give about 3-4 hours if it's during the day.

    If it's at night time, past 11pm, then I'll assume he/she fell asleep.

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  • i'll have to go with a day. I mean they may have forgotten their phone at home, or perhaps they are actually too busy. at times I may find myself replying to a text 6 hours later..and it's not because I am being lazy. rather, I am actually THAT busy. and if it matters, I tend to reply as soon as I get a text.

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  • Depends when I textted them. If it is in the morning, I assume approximately 6 hours (or until lunchish). At night I will give around 12 hrs. Might have gone out, might have fallen asleep early, etc.

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  • After a day I assume they've ignored me. Of the people I text, I don't text work phones, so they have no excuse in saying something like they forgot about it or lost track of it.

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What Girls Said 6

  • It depends on their normal texting habits. Like if I know someone might be at work and can't answer right away, no big deal. If it's someone I know is constantly on their phone and on top of texts/calls without fail, then I get kind of irritated. My ex was like that after a while. He was ALWAYS doing something with his phone, but about halfway into our relationship, half the time could never get back to me or took hours to do it. And it's not even like I bugged him constantly, he's a texter and fires back and forth with everyone. So it really bothered me because I felt like he could make time to get back to literally everyone except me. I mentioned it on more than one occasion and it always got brushed off, so I got pretty pissed after a while.

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    • And what if you were dealing with a guy who absolutely hated texting? =P

    • Then I wouldn't worry about it too much, lol. I have a couple friends who don't like texting and I just call them instead if I need to get ahold of them. =P If they don't answer, I assume they're busy and will get back to me, or I try again later.

  • I have a prepaid phone and I don't turn on my cell everyday. So, suffice it to say as soon as I received messages. If I left a message someone, I expect a return call/text no later than 2-3 days.

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  • It really depends on who it is because you know your friends & loved ones, we don't, but here are some things I would take into consideration. Do they work? If so, they are busy & they may wait until they get home to reply. Even then, they may have a few things to do first. If they do not work, they may actually be doing other things, so it could be a few hours or more. Some people do shut their phones off for awhile, you probably know if they do or not. And last but not least, they may have lost it, even temporarily, or left it somewhere. Give them at least a day or so. If it's really important, call them.

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  • 24 hours

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  • It depends on who it is. Usually a day max I guess.

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  • A day.

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