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Why Does a Man Ignore You?

Feeling ignored and wondering if it's time to let go? There are two choices: confront the issue or let them go.

Thessa Phillips By Thessa Phillips Reviewed by Albert Brown

Perhaps something happened between him and you that caused him to stop talking to you, or he’s ignoring you to communicate a different message. It’s not enjoyable when someone ignores you, and you may want to find out why he’s doing it to fix any problems. Continue reading to find out why he may be ignoring you and what you can do about it.

How He Might Ignore You

Below, learn about the different ways he may be ignoring you and how each of them may affect you differently, depending on the situation.

  • In person. When he ignores you in person, it’s easy to notice and can be very painful. You and others can see that he’s trying to avoid engaging with you. It’s important to talk to him to find out what’s going on and try to resolve the issue or at least reduce any discomfort when you see him.
  • On the phone. If he’s ignoring you on the phone, it can be frustrating because you can’t see his facial expressions or body language to understand what he’s thinking. The conversation can be difficult and uncomfortable because you have to wait for a response. Unlike in person, there’s not much to distract you or fill the silence. It’s clear that something is going on, and it may not be a productive conversation.
  • Through text. Ignoring you through text can be the easiest way for him to ignore you because you may not even realize he’s doing it, and he doesn’t have to give you any explanation. You might think he’s just busy and not pay much attention to his silence, eventually forgetting about it. This may not be an effective way for him to ignore you if he’s trying to send a message, but it can still hurt.

13 Reasons Why a Man Might Be Ignoring You

Common reasons he might be ignoring you.
Common reasons he might be ignoring you.

There are various reasons he could be ignoring you, here are the most common ones:

1. He is not interested in you.

He could be ignoring you because he’s not interested in you, and he either doesn’t know how to tell you or doesn’t feel the need to communicate it. For example, imagine you met at a bar, and you just didn’t really hit it off right away, or he simply wasn’t attracted to you or interested in pursuing you.

He doesn’t really need to explain to you that he’s not interested because you just met, so he decides to ignore you to send the silent message that he’s not interested.

2. He is not looking for a relationship.

Maybe you two have been going on dates, and things have been going well, so naturally, you may want to transition into a relationship. However, he’s not interested in a relationship at the moment, so he chooses to ignore you to avoid having that conversation.

Although that is a terrible approach on his behalf, if you’ve been going on dates and he suddenly ignores you, you may have an answer as to why he is doing so.

3. He wants to break up.

Another terrible reason to ignore someone, yet so common. He may want to break up, but he doesn’t know what to say, how to have the conversation, how to confront you about it, or he doesn’t want to see you hurt. So instead, he ignores you and puts it off, so he doesn’t have to deal with the issue he is having.

4. He is angry.

This is probably the most common reason to be ignored. If he is angry with someone, life in general, or you, he might choose to ignore you because he’s just not in a good mood. Although if it has to do with you, you should talk about it eventually, give him time and space to get over his angry emotions so he can address the problem with a clear mind. Doing so will increase your chances of avoiding a fight and finding a solution.

5. He is trying to play it cool.

Maybe he’s really into you, but he doesn’t want you to know that yet, so he’s trying to play it cool, however, it’s not going so well for him because it actually seems like he’s ignoring you. Try to look for other signs that he’s actually really into you to determine if this is the case.

6. He thinks you were coming on too strong.

He could be ignoring you because you came on way too strong. Try not to overdo it, even if you have a big personality. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be yourself, just make sure you’re aware of what you’re saying and your actions so they don’t cause him to ignore you.

7. He thinks you are not interested.

If he thinks that you’re not interested in him, he may choose to ignore you and act like he’s not interested in you. This is to avoid any potential confusion, so to prevent mixed signals, make sure that you let him know that you’re interested in him if you truly like him.

8. He thinks you are too clingy.

Being too clingy is similar to coming on too strong. If you are too clingy, he may distance himself from you to the point of ignoring you in an attempt to avoid your clinginess. It is fine to show some clinginess when you like someone as it lets them know you’re interested, but avoid overdoing it to the point of becoming annoying.

9. He is actually shy.

You might interpret his shyness as him ignoring you, but that is not the case. Before assuming that he doesn’t care and is simply ignoring you, ask yourself if he has shown any signs of being a shy person.

Signs to look out for include him being quiet with everyone, not just you, or perhaps him not taking the initiative to start a conversation with you, but still engaging in conversation when you initiate it.

10. He is really busy.

This is likely what is most easily and frequently confused with being ignored. He might actually just be busy. Often you may think that he’s ignoring you because he’s taking too long to answer or because he only texts you a few times throughout the day.

In reality, he’s probably just busy, and his intention isn’t to ignore you whatsoever. Instead of assuming you’re being ignored, ask how his day was at the end of the day. He’ll probably tell you all about it, and you will be able to confirm that he was just busy and not intentionally ignoring you.

11. He is talking to other people.

He could be ignoring you because he has someone else on his mind. If you’re in a relationship, this is not okay, and he definitely needs to talk to you about it instead of just ignoring you. However, if you’re nothing serious and you’ve only gone on a couple of dates, don’t be surprised by this behavior. It’s probably his way of letting you know he’s not interested in pursuing you anymore because he’s after someone else.

12. He is hiding something.

He could be ignoring you because he’s hiding something he doesn’t want you to know about. This could go one of two ways. He could be hiding an exciting surprise and to keep the surprise a secret, he is ignoring you so he doesn’t accidentally tell you about it, or he’s made a terrible mistake or has done something bad that he doesn’t want you to find out about, so he ignores you to hide it better.

13. He is avoiding a difficult conversation.

Similar to ignoring you because he is hiding something, he could be ignoring you because he is avoiding talking to you about something that may not be easy to tell you. If you notice other strange behaviors that may indicate this, you should have a conversation with him to find out what’s going on.

What to Do if He Is Ignoring You

What to do if he is ignoring you.
What to do if he is ignoring you.

As frustrating as it may be, sometimes there’s not much you can do when he’s ignoring you. Below are some suggestions of a few things you can try.

1. Give him space.

He might need space to gather his thoughts, get the courage to talk to you and tell you what’s really going on or have any angry emotions pass. Give him space, and he might confront you about whatever is going on, so you don’t have to confront him.

2. Confront him about it.

If giving him space doesn’t seem to improve the situation, it’s important to confront him and discuss the possible reasons for his behavior. It may not be easy, but you don’t deserve to be ignored indefinitely, so someone needs to take the first step.

3. Ask him to talk.

If he hasn’t been ignoring you for long, and you don’t think it’s something really serious, you can probably avoid a confrontation and simply ask him to talk about things.

4. Reassure him.

If you know, he’s been going through something stressful or hard times, he is probably ignoring you because he’s not in the best mental state, and he doesn’t want to accidentally take it out on you. The best thing you can do in this situation is to be patient and understanding and reassure him that everything will be okay.

Things You Should Ask Yourself

Below are a few questions you should ask yourself if you feel like he is ignoring you.

  1. How long has he been ignoring me for? It’s important to determine how long he has been ignoring you for. Has it been a couple hours, has it been over a week? This will indicate the severity of the reason he is ignoring you and may help you determine why he is ignoring you more easily.
  2. Does he ignore me all day? If he is ignoring you most of the day, most days, and he has a full-time job, that’s probably why. However, if you know he has a lot of free time during the day, still doesn’t reply to your texts, and just ignores you, then something else is going on.
  3. Could there be a fair reason for him to ignore you? Perhaps you were too clingy, you were mean, or you did something to upset him. All these could be possible causes for his behavior. It’s important to give him some space and address the situation as necessary. This might involve apologizing or discussing what happened to clear things up.

Wrapping things up, he could be ignoring you for many reasons, and hopefully, with the list included in this article, you can discover why he is ignoring you. Remember, it might not always be as serious or complicated as it seems, and he could simply be busy with something else. The best thing to do is to let him know you felt ignored and talk about what was going on.

About the Author

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Thessa Phillips is a passionate writer and content contributor for Chat Line Numbers, as well as a part-time relationship counselor based in San Francisco, CA. With her deep knowledge of the dating industry and years of experience counseling couples and individuals, Thessa has created many viral articles on dating tips and tricks. In addition to writing, she enjoys watching movies and going to the theater.