Several years ago I met a man online and we went from email, to IM, to talking and texting. He lives about halfway across the US from me so it was just for fun. We’d talk a bit about anything and everything, flirt and tease a little but nothing serious. He once asked me if it would bother me to know that he was talking with other women, and honestly I didn’t even understand the question because why would it bother me? He said he had been talking to a woman even further away and she got mad when she found out he was ‘cheating on her’ by talking to other women, so he had to let her go.
So you can see, I had no illusions that he and I were in any kind of relationship, I assumed he was talking to other women, seeing women in his area, and getting laid on a regular basis.
Most days he would send me some little cutesy gif, the occasional I love you, thank you for being my friend, and of course on holidays I would get the appropriate message. I always responded with something appropriate and a how are you. Especially after his son died unexpectedly, I really was concerned with how he was doing. After a while though I noticed that he stopped responding to my responses. At first I figured he was just busy, or whatever. Then I was thinking why are you sending me this stuff if you can’t even take the time to say hey, how are you?
Then one day I got some message and I thanked him, only to receive a bunch of text messages from numbers I didn’t recognize wanting to know who I am and why I am texting them. I wondered who they were and what they were talking about.
Then I found out. My new phone shows all the numbers in a group text and the default is ‘reply all’. I guess that explains why he never responded to my replies, because he was sending his messages to me and about a dozen other numbers. I guess he didn’t have time to respond to all of us. Several of the numbers were his same area code, so I just apologized and said I had the wrong number. I didn’t know if any of those numbers were an SO and I didn’t want to cause him any problems. This went on for several more months, I never told him I could see all the numbers and I just stopped responding period.
Until one day I just got a bug up my butt about it and sent him a very ‘affectionate’ response in which I called him by name. When I got a dozen replies demanding to know who I was and how I knew ‘him’, I just told them in my sweetest text that they would have to ask him.
I don’t know why it annoyed me, or if it even should have, but it did.
His relationships with the other women aren’t my business nor my concern, but I think it’s tacky, and rude.
Would it annoy you?