Anyone who knows me personally will tell you straight up that if I don't text you back almost instantly, I'm either asleep, at work, or dead. My phone is literally almost always within five feet of me, and if I see that someone has texted me, I do what any sane person does... I text them back.

Of course, there's the odd time when I ignore someone without meaning to. Maybe my phone was on silent, I didn't receive a notification for their message, or I got distracted while I was thinking of a reply. This happens from time to time to all of us, and it's totally no big deal.

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I have met some people, though, who ignore texts more often than they reply to them. There's now officially a name for this behaviour. It's called "cricketing", and it's best described as "reading and leaving messages to sit in your inbox for hours, days, even weeks at a time..."

For some people, this may be no big deal. Being left on read doesn't phase them for a single second, in fact, if they're a cricketer themselves, they may not even notice that they were left on read! 

For someone like me, on the other hand, who has pretty bad General Anxiety Disorder, being left on read can cause me to worry and overthink myself into a really bad place.

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I know some of you cricketers are probably rolling your eyes at this, but it's a real thing, and anyone with anxiety will likely agree with me. If you know the person you're ignoring isn't at all bothered by your behaviour, then keep on keeping on! But if you know your friend, family member, or significant other will start to over think when being R-bombed, maybe it's time you reconsider.

If the conversation has come to a mutual stopping point, and there's nothing more to say, then obviously there's no point in replying. And unless you and your partner/friend are the type to talk all day, every day, it's probably not necessary to reply to every single message. What I think is necessary, though, is replying to any message that deserves a response.

Check in on your friends from time to time, tell your partner you love them, even send that "LMAO" text back to the funny story your coworker sent in the group chat. Cricketing may be easy enough to do, but it's just as easy to shoot out a quick response, and it can save the people you care about a world of worry.

Source: Elite Daily

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