Recently I’ve encountered something that I’m not quite sure how to deal with. In the end, I’m not sure there’s anything I can do about it, but I’d like to understand why it’s happening.
We live in an age of connectivity and just about everyone I know has more than a few ways to reach them. Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Text Message, Skype, you get the idea. Why is it then, that when people are out there chatting it up, that they feel that it’s OK to not respond to a direct question? To just stop talking?
As an example, I was messaging with someone recently and I suggested we meet up for drinks. Immediately the conversation stopped. Did their phone die? Internet cut out? That’s not likely, since they went on to create other content online just moments after abandoning our conversation.
I wish I could say this was an isolated incident, but it’s becoming a disturbing trend. People seem to feel that I’m not even worth saying “no” to, they just don’t respond at all. The problem doesn’t exist in person, since being face to face, the other party pretty much has to respond somehow, but why is just ignoring someone who you’re having an electronic conversation with considered OK?
I’ve tried to figure this out for months and I just don’t get it. What do you think?