Being ignored by a close friend

Published: September 28, 2022
Dear TeenHealth FX,
My name is Sarah and I am 14 years old. I have friend and he is 14 years old as well. We went to summercamp together and became close friends. I like him. He left me on opened for 25 hours. He still writes in the other groupchat on whatsapp with my other friends from the summer camp. What do I do?
Signed: Sarah

Dear Sarah,

Here at TeenHealthFX we recognize what it is like to feel ignored by someone that we care about. In this age of technology, we have many things that can present new problems for us in our lives and relationships with people. The ability to immediately communicate and respond with each other can be very relieving or very frustrating especially when someone does not respond right away.

Since you mention this person is a good friend to you, and if you feel comfortable doing so, you can try asking them about it to have an open an honest discussion about this situation to clear things up with your friend directly.

If you don’t feel comfortable talking to the person directly, we recommend asking for support from friends, family, or a trusted adult or guardian to talk through what is happening. We understand how hard it can be when our friends or relationships change over time, but it is important to remember that these hard feelings won’t last forever. Change is okay even though it can sometimes hurt our feelings at first. We hope this helps!  

Signed: TeenHealth FX