left on read
[left on red]
What does left on read mean?
In internet slang, a person is left on read when a recipient has read, but not responded to, a sender’s message. The expression is often used to express feeling ignored.
Where does left on read come from?
A read receipt lets the sender know a digital message has been opened or seen (i.e., read) by the recipient. Microsoft Outlook, for instance, allows read receipts for email. Apple has enabled read receipts for text messages since 2011.
In the digital age, however, many of us have come to expect speedy responses, and not getting one can produce anxiety. You may send a message, your phone or computer may show that it’s been read, and yet…no response. You’ve been left on read–feeling snubbed or ignored. (Of course, the person you’re messaging could simply be busy, but where’s the drama in that?)
The expression left on read dates back to at least 2016, when it was entered into Urban Dictionary. In 2017–18, a number of popular publications online discussed left on read in the context of dating and romantic relationships, where the frustrations of being left on read can be particularly keen.
Being ignored or left on read is my biggest pet peeve. 😂 I truly be feeling disrespected.
— ♚ Groovy ♚ (@GroovyRandall) April 21, 2019
Examples of left on read
Who uses left on read?
Left on read is typically used of text messages, as well as messages on social media platforms like WhatsApp and Instagram. Some of those platforms enable users to be notified when a message has been viewed.
Haha i think u accidentally left me on read hahaha weird huh…..Anyways, do u wanna kiss haha lol
— kitty (@saladga1) February 27, 2019
The implication of left on read is that the receiver is deliberately ignoring the sender, making them feel unimportant.
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get left on read by someone who is not interested in me, causing me to become more depressed by something that won’t matter in the long run
— bun (@jjkofgod) April 24, 2019
This can feel especially sore when the person is a new romantic interest, but don’t panic! They might just be busy …
He left you on read huh https://t.co/6UwvOaCUXB
— Sebastiao🦑 (@Sebastiao0521) March 1, 2019
… or, if they are leaving you on read, as the expression can be so conjugated, they might be ghosting you. Hey, you’re better off without them.
some things are better off left unsaid..
thats why you was left on read.
— Sashé R'ki (@DaMonkeyBaby) December 22, 2018
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