Is there somebody you haven’t spoken to in a good while? Everyone has this one person they’ve not talked to in a long while.
It’s a fact that no one can keep up with the number of people going in and coming out of their lives every day.
However, are you planning on meeting them soon or do you think you may run into them someday, and you need some good excuses to give?
This article will make you well prepared and provide you with a list of good excuses to give as to why you haven’t talked in a while. Let’s get into it.
25 Good Excuses for not Talking to Someone for a Long Time
- I lost my phone
- I changed my phone and I lost your contact in the process
- I was on the sick bed
- I have been taking care of a sick (relation)
- You never gave me a Call
- You gave me reasons to
- You never replied to my text or returned my call
- I thought you needed a break
- I needed some space
- I needed to clear my head
- I saw you have moved on
- We both got busy
- I got overwhelmed by work
- I have been fighting depression
- My parents grounded me
- My parents seized my phone
- My parents Don’t Want Us Associating
- Your parents gave me the creeps
- I am scared of your brother, I don’t want my head off
- I don’t want to spoil things with your new partner
- I was giving us time to heal
- The network has been bad over here
- My Facebook was hacked and I realized I didn’t have your number
- I had amnesia
- You remind me of a past I’m trying to forget
I Lost My Phone
Usually, saying you lost your phone is one of the common excuses people use when they haven’t spoken to someone in a long time.
This is a good excuse because if you’re without a phone, you won’t be able to communicate with someone far from you.
Of course, people would wonder if you stayed without a phone and how you managed without a phone. So, this is where you say you lost their contact in the process.
However, this excuse can work if you’re not on social media or the person doesn’t have a way of seeing you on social media.
A good example is someone who doesn’t know your ID or someone you’ve blocked.
I Changed my Phone and I Lost Your Contact in the Process
You can use this excuse if you don’t want to say you lost your phone. This is a common mistake that can happen.
Changing phones could make you lose some contacts, so it’ll work well for anyone.
However, this would sound like a weak excuse if you have exchanged social media handles with the person, as they’d wonder why you didn’t reach out on social media.
So, you should know when to use this as an excuse. It’ll be a good excuse for someone who doesn’t do social media or you haven’t exchanged your details with.
I Was on the Sick Bed
Everyone would understand why someone on a sick bed can’t reach out to anyone. So, this is a good excuse that you can use for not talking to someone for a long time.
When you use this excuse, you’d evoke sympathy that even the person asking would feel guilty for not reaching out themselves if they didn’t.
However, this might seem like a poor excuse to some people, especially if there’s no visible sign that you were sick. So, you might want to be honest and use this excuse only if it were so.
Also, for a friend, this might not sound like such a good excuse because they’d expect you to let them know if you’re sick. So, you might want to be careful using this excuse with a good friend.
Also, it’s not everyone that might want to say they had a sickness that kept them in bed. So, you should use this excuse only if it keeps you comfortable.
I Have Been Taking Care of a Sick (relation)
Our relations are very dear to us. Everyone knows that. And they’d expect that you take care of a sick relative or spouse even at the expense of talking with them.
So, there’s no harm if you involve them in your excuse. It’s even better if your relative is someone your friend doesn’t know well, so when you use this excuse they wouldn’t be able to find out.
Although, for a friend, this may sound like a weak excuse, because they’d expect you to tell them when you have someone close to you who’s sick.
Therefore, this is an excuse to use with someone who’s not very close to you.
You Never Gave Me a Call
This excuse can work with someone who isn’t a friend, a date, or an old acquaintance who promises to keep in touch and never did.
Let’s take, for instance, you went on a date with someone who promised to call and never did. You could say, “you never gave me a call as you promised.”
So, this is a good excuse to use with someone you’re just getting to meet or an old friend you particularly have no interest in meeting up with.
They’d understand that since they never called, you took it as a lack of interest, so you kept to yourself.
You Gave Me Reasons to
Did you get into a fight with someone or had a problem with them? This is a good excuse to use when you don’t speak to them afterward.
Sometimes the way people behave towards you may give you reasons to stay away from them or cut ties with them without necessarily giving them any explanation.
So, if this is the case and you feel the need to stay away from someone, and there comes a time for some explanation, then this excuse can work.
Here, you’d have to be sincere as this excuse can only work if truly they gave you a reason to stay away from them.
You Never Replied My Text or Returned My Call
This is another wonderful excuse to use for not talking to someone for a long time. And of course, it can only work if you’re being honest about them not returning your call or replying to your text.
It can work for anyone: a friend or an acquaintance. Perhaps you got into a fight with a friend who refused to pick up your calls or respond to your texts afterward.
This is a reasonable excuse if you get to meet someday after a while.
I Thought You Needed a Break
This is an excuse to use when you’ve had problems with someone and you feel you shouldn’t go on talking.
Oftentimes, we may get into some misunderstanding with people and go off without any form of reconciliation.
Some persons may get into some misunderstanding too and go off after reconciliation. However, it’s true it’s not everyone that will continue on talking terms, reconciliation or no reconciliation.
So, you can use this excuse when you’ve got cases like this. And truly, maybe a break was what you both needed. Who knows? The relationship may become stronger afterward.
I Needed Some Space
If you’ve got some problems with someone, your excuse for going silent on them could be that you needed space.
It works because it can come as close to being honest as possible. Most times, we need some time alone from people, even our friends.
So, if after an argument and you feel the need for that space, take it. Then, you can offer some explanation if the need arises.
I Needed to Clear My Head
This is another excuse to use; it works like the above. After a fight with your partner or friend, you may need the time to clear your head.
Although it’s nice to talk to a friend or partner before you stop talking to them, if that’s not the case, then you can be honest with this excuse.
Also, you can use this excuse with someone who isn’t close to a friend. You could say something like: I had a lot going on, and I needed to clear my head.
I Saw You Have Moved On
This is the type of excuse you give to your ex or someone you’ve had some interest in the past.
If you notice they no longer have any interest in you, then you can stay on your own for your peace of mind.
So, whenever you meet again, this will serve as a very good excuse to give.
We Both Got Busy
Most times, people might just get too busy and not communicate with a friend or an old friend for a long time.
In some cases, both parties may be guilty as none may attempt to reach the other. If this is the case, this is a good excuse to use.
However, this may sound like a poor excuse to use with a friend. But, if your friend didn’t try to reach out to you too, then this excuse can work.
I Got Overwhelmed by Work
If people know you to be a workaholic, then this is a good excuse to use with someone you’ve stopped speaking to for a long time.
It’s quite true that work can have it bad on you that all you end up doing daily is work and sleep. So, you can use this excuse with someone who understands the nature of your work.
Likewise, you can use this excuse with someone who knows close to nothing about what you do. It wouldn’t give them the opportunity to doubt you.
I Have Been Fighting Depression
Not everyone may like to use this excuse, especially with their friends. So, you can use this as an excuse if it comes very close to the truth.
Also, it can work as a good excuse for someone you don’t care about; probably someone who’s interested in you and you don’t have romantic feelings for.
They’d understand that being depressed is a lot and they can take not being spoken to.
My Parents Grounded Me
This is a very good excuse to use to get away from not talking to your friend for a long time.
Usually, no one would want to get mixed up with parents’ stuff, so you could use your parents as a getaway.
However, being grounded may not be a proud thing to say among teenagers. Most teenagers like to feel that their parents let them have their way.
So, having strict parents may not be something you may want your friends to know. However, it’s still a good way to get away from not speaking to them for a long time.
My Parents Seized My Phone
Just like your parents grounding you, saying your parents seized your phone is another way of using your parents as your ticket to get away.
However, this excuse can only work if you haven’t been on social media, so your friends can’t have a way of knowing whether you’ve been on the phone or not.
Therefore, if you’re going to use this excuse, remember to stay off social media in the process and remember not to call a mutual friend.
Also, this excuse can work if the person doesn’t have your social media handles. It’s a good excuse for someone you’re just getting to meet and have only exchanged contact with.
That is if you’re comfortable making them feel you’ve very strict parents.
My Parents Don’t Want me to Associate With You
Now, if you won’t feel bad making your parents look like the bad ones, this is a good excuse you can use.
However, I’m not sure you’d like your friends to see your parents in a bad light, except maybe they’ve some behaviors they know your parents don’t approve of.
So, this is a great excuse for someone who isn’t a friend and may likely not be a friend in the future. It’s also a good excuse for someone you’re distancing yourself from.
Your Parents Gave Me the Creeps
You can use this excuse when it’s your friend that has strict parents.
If you’ve had a not-too-good experience with their parents, then this is a perfect excuse that would work.
Telling them you’re scared of their parents will make them understand why you may want to avoid them.
I am Scared of your Brother. I Don’t Want my Head Off
When it’s their brother that is the bad guy, then you can use this as an excuse.
Is she a girl you used to chase after and no longer have interest in, you can say this as an excuse, whether or not the brother warned you off or not.
I Don’t Want to Spoil Things with Your New Partner
This is another wonderful excuse you can use with someone you haven’t spoken to for a long time.
If it’s someone you used to date, then this is a great excuse that can work, especially if they have jealous partners.
It’s not everyone that’s cool with maintaining a friendly relationship with their ex.
So, when you move on and keep your distance and they’re wondering why, tell them you don’t want to spoil their relationship.
Also, you can use this excuse with someone you’re trying to cut ties with, particularly if their partner is involved.
I Was Giving us Time to Heal
When you’ve broken up with your ex and they’re wondering why you’re no longer talking with them, this is a perfect reason to give.
They should understand that you’re still grieving if they’re not. Also, if you had a fight with a friend, you can give this as an excuse.
The Network Has Been Bad Over Here
This is one of the best excuses to use when you’ve spoken to someone in a long time or if you intend not to.
When there’s a bad cellular or mobile network, they’d understand that there’s no way to make calls or connect with someone over the internet.
However, you should remember to stay away from social media if you’re going to use this, and also not to call a mutual friend.
My Facebook Was Hacked and I Realized I Didn’t Have Your Number
You can use this excuse if you’ve blocked the person on Facebook.
It’s a good excuse for someone you’ve just met and haven’t exchanged contacts with. So, in this way, they won’t be able to tell if you’re active on Facebook.
I Had Amnesia
This is another good example of an excuse to use for someone you’ve avoided speaking to in a long while.
It may sound unbelievable, but it can work if you can prove that you forgot them and probably other things too.
You Remind Me of a Past I’m Trying to Forget
This is another excuse that’d work perfectly with anyone.
When you tell someone that they remind you of a past you’re trying to forget, they’d understand that it’ll be difficult speaking to them because it hurts.
For instance, if you say they remind you of a loved one, it’s easy to believe that you’re still grieving and need to heal completely.
There are so many reasons that can make you not want to speak to someone, whether a friend or an acquaintance, for a long time.
Sometimes they’re deliberate actions and sometimes they’re not. However, be it as it may, you may need to find excuses to give them when you meet, either accidentally or planned.
The above are good and ready examples you can use. You only have to pick the ones that you’re comfortable with and that resonate well with your situation.