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To find people who ignore you on MSN, but then expect you to reply right away when THEY contact you rude??

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electra Thu 02-Jul-09 09:32:02

Perhaps this sounds a little childish, but it does annoy me. Surely it's rude to ignore a message from someone when it says you're actually online - ditto people who don't text back (though I'm guilty of texting back late sometimes if stuff was going on when I received the message).

imaynotbeperfectbutimokmummy Thu 02-Jul-09 09:48:38

but are these REAL people? or just online "friends".

flier Thu 02-Jul-09 09:51:04

i think sometimes it says people are online when they're not - my mums status is quite often online and she's just not properly shut down her laptop.

TrinityRhino Thu 02-Jul-09 09:55:30

but its not the same as when you are speaking to someone face to face and they ignore you

if someone msns me and I'm showing online I could be just popping to the loo, sorting kids etc

I had someone who kept saying you dont answer me when your online
and I told them I will answer you if I'm there

I'm not going to show offline every time I get up to do something when I know I'm coming back in a bit

the message stays there and can be seen as soon as you come back to the pooter

I do try and answer texts asap as they are usually questions and always from actual friends

I used to 'appear offline' all the time and people who were close friends knew this and spoke to me anyway incase I was there but no hassle if I wasn't iyswim

less expectation that way

flier Thu 02-Jul-09 09:57:22

I usually show myself an invisible anyway - I don't like people knowing how long I am online for lol (all day)

TrillianAstrahasaJOB Thu 02-Jul-09 10:00:06

If they expect you to treat them differently to how they treat you, then that's rude.

However, I think that MSN (or in my case face book chat) is not like real life, and it's perfectly fine to disappear in the middle of a conversation because you have some RL thing to attend to. I wil mostly keep typing at you until I run out of things to say, and then find something else to do. I do try to explain this to people, that I won't get offended if they disappear, and they shouldn't be offended if I disappear. On the phone or in RL you can tell if a child is screaming or a pot is boiling over (and phones are more portable than computers).

electra Thu 02-Jul-09 17:44:49

Ok, perhaps I'm overreacting. It's people I know in RL, not online friends iyswim...

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