It’s something every woman has experienced. You text someone you really like or someone you’re dating, and then all of a sudden everything is upended when you hit send. You find that your message is somehow being ignored. And you know it’s on purpose because bae wasn’t smart enough to disable the read receipts. Congratulations! You’ve just joined the familiar company of people who have been left “on read.”
If you’ve heard the popular phrase but wasn’t quite sure what it really meant, Urban Dictionary defines it as follows: “When you text someone, they see it, but they don’t text back.” Though it can be used interchangeably with the relatively new dating term “ghosting,” there could be legitimate reasons you’ve been temporarily left on read, as opposed to someone just disappearing or never responding to your messages again.
Regardless of which definition applies to your romantic situation, both experiences, without question, suck. Those few minutes or hours trying to determine whether bae lost interest or got distracted doing something else is enough to make even the most confident woman feel a little insecure or anxious. So while you wait in agony, here are a few ways to cope until you get a reply—that’s if you get a response at all.