Why Am I Being Ignored?
Is your boyfriend suddenly taking longer to reply when you text him? Is he not responding at all? Are you calling him over and over, and he won’t pick up the phone?
If it’s only been a few hours, then it’s probably not something to worry about. He could just be busy or in the shower. However, if it’s been more than a day or so, and your boyfriend is still acting like you don’t exist, then no one would blame you for being a little concerned.
Assuming that there hasn’t been some kind of emergency, it could be that your boyfriend is ignoring you deliberately. This will be especially clear to you if you notice that he is still active on Facebook or if he’s still hanging out with your other friends. Obviously, if he can be bothered to “like” his brother’s latest status update, but he can’t even respond to your calls, then something is fishy.
What could be wrong, though? Why is your boyfriend ignoring you? Well, there could be literally hundreds of reasons why your boyfriend is ignoring you, but let’s narrow it down to the most common ones. Chances are, he’s ignoring you for some version of the following reasons mentioned below.
9 Reasons Why Your Boyfriend Is Ignoring You
- He’s mad at you and can’t deal with it.
- Talking to you brings him down.
- You always want something from him.
- He feels smothered and needs space.
- He is considering a breakup.
- He’s preoccupied with something major in his life.
- He’s cheating on you.
- He hates talking on the phone.
- He’s tired of people.
1. He’s Mad at You and Can’t Deal With It
Have you ever been mad at someone, but didn’t know how to articulate your feelings, so you just ghosted them for a while? This could very well be the case with your boyfriend.
In particular, if your boyfriend is ignoring you after a fight, then you can pretty safely assume that it has something to do with your argument. It could be that he doesn’t want to jump into all of the negativity again and think about your problems. Naturally, talking to you reminds him of all of that negativity.
It’s kind of like the “gorilla in the room” situation. He can’t see you without the hidden pressure of all of the unsaid things, but he doesn’t want to talk about it, either.
If you want to get him to stop ignoring you, the first thing you need to do is try to remember your last interaction. Were you unpleasant to him? Were you unfair to him? Did you push him to address something that he didn’t want to talk about, and he just clammed up?
While communication is important in a relationship, and arguments are just part of that, it’s important not to get too personal in your fights. Even if he is ignoring you, he is probably reading your texts, so send him a message and tell him that you want to understand his perspective. Invite him to convey his feelings to you in a non-judgmental way, and don’t blame him for what happened between you.
Does this mean that you should act like a doormat? No!
Don’t approach him with profuse, needy apologies. Just tell him that you want to understand the situation.
The same goes if you didn’t have a fight and he seems to be ignoring you for no apparent reason. Contact him and tell him that you want to understand what’s going on. If your boyfriend is ignoring your texts even after you explain your intentions, then he could just need some time to cool off, or it’s something else.
Maybe he’s mad at you for no good reason but expects you to psychically know.
Some people are just like this. Every little thing offends them, and they will never directly tell you about it. Basically, it turns into a huge guessing game trying to figure out why they’re giving you the silent treatment. My advice is to just forget someone like this and ignore him right back.