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5 Signs That Old Friend Doesn’t Want to Reconnect With You

It’s not uncommon for us to drift away from old friends. Life happens, and it’s hard to maintain friendships like before.

You want to reconnect with your old best friend, but your friend doesn’t seem to want to.

Your old friend shows no desire to reconnect with you as you do. He is busy when you call him and always has excuses when you ask him to hang out.

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And when you remember what good friends you were before and how that friendship seemed strong.

You grew up together and went to the same school or college. You were there for each other growing up and throughout that magical period of youth.

First dates, first love, first breakups, you shared it all first with that friend of yours.

But life happened, and in the meantime, you parted ways, and even years have passed since you haven’t been actively socializing like before.

All your attempts to reach out to your old friend get a cold response.

You feel sad about it, and you don’t understand why.

In this article, we’ll list the signs that your old friend doesn’t want to reconnect and give tips to help you process the whole situation better.

Does My Old Friend Not Want to Reconnect With Me? 5 Obvious Signs

You still need to be 100% sure if your old friend really doesn’t want to reconnect with you.

Your overwhelming desire to reignite the friendship with an estranged friend clouds your judgment of something obvious.

What are the eye-opening signs that your friend doesn’t want to be friends with you anymore:

1. You Were The First to Reach Out to Him

It doesn’t necessarily mean that the one who reaches out first wants to connect more, but think about it.

Why are you the one who wants to hang out like you used to?

Why your old friend could not be the one reaching out to you first?

Years passed, and he never once remembered to call you.

If you hadn’t contacted him first, would he ever have contacted you at all?

2. He is Always Busy When it Comes to You

Let’s say you don’t live in the same city or a different country.

You agree to arrange a video chat where you can finally have a quality talk and catch up, but he always ends up being busy.

It is also an excellent indicator that he does not respect your time when you plan something together.

Something always happens to him at the last minute.

You’re already a bit uncomfortable with all these excuses.

And when you arrange to see each other, he tries to postpone it in every single way.

You are always the initiator of these conversations and meetings. Your friend clearly does not care about you.

3. Your Friend Avoids Talking About More Personal Topics

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You used to tell absolutely everything to each other, but now that has changed a lot.

Maybe he is a private person who doesn’t like to share things about himself, but still, some level of sharing must exist in every friendship.

You’re still like an open book, and maybe you say a little too much, while your friend is the opposite.

When you manage to talk to him, it’s all superficial conversations.

Every conversation you have boils down to: How are you? What’s up? And it does not go in any deeper direction.

It’s because he doesn’t want to connect with you more deeply.

That’s why he’s very private and doesn’t share his personal stuff with you.

4. He Lacks Enthusiasm About Reconnecting With You

You’re all happy and excited because you’re hoping you and your estranged friend will be best friends again.

But your friend is the complete opposite of that.

You don’t see any enthusiasm in him when you talk or text.

It all boils down to cold answers.

These are super short answers like “good,” “cool,” and “I’m busy.”

When you think about it, it’s like that on social networks too.

You like and comment on his pictures, but you never see a like from him.

He’s probably following you purely out of politeness.

5. Your Friend Ghosted You

If this isn’t enough sign that he doesn’t want to be friends with you, then you definitely don’t want to face the truth.

Has your old friend cut off all communication with you?

You tried to communicate with him after many years, but you didn’t even get an answer from him, or the conversation was short.

In any case, your attempt ended with him not responding to you on social networks. Maybe he even blocked you.

You are a complete ghost to him.

Why Your Old Friend Don’t Want to Reconnect With You? 4 Reasons 

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We’ve listed the obvious signs that your old friend doesn’t want to renew his friendship with you, but why is that? 

Let’s go deeper into the reasons behind his decision:

1. He’s Angry About Something You Did in The Past

This seems logical as to why your friend doesn’t want to reconnect with you.

Did you do something in the past that made him extremely angry?

Or did you disappoint and hurt him?

If so, don’t be surprised that he doesn’t want to hang out with you again, even though you apologized.

2. He Doesn’t Like You

It’s hard to understand, but your friend doesn’t like you.

Since you drifted apart, he had time to think about everything and decided that it was a good thing that you stopped hanging out.

Maybe he thinks you lie too much or weren’t supportive enough for him when you should have been.

Or maybe he considers you a narcissist or a contrarian who ruined every conversation in the past.

Your friend may avoid you because he thinks you’re too full of yourself, always believe you are better than others, and brag too much about your material things.

He thinks you’re toxic and doesn’t want that energy back in his life.

3. He Thinks You Two are Too Different Now

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Time has passed, and you are no longer kids or teenagers but adults with their own lives.

Although you got along perfectly when you were younger, now you may be complete opposites.

Maybe you both have changed a lot, and perhaps someone has stayed the same, which can also be a problem.

Today, we quickly draw conclusions about others based on what they post on social media.

Your estranged friend has seen what you post on social media and decided that you are too different to hang out with now.

Maybe he thinks you don’t have common topics anymore, or you would even argue about something.

4. You Don’t Fit Into His Current Life

It doesn’t mean you did anything wrong, or he thinks you’re a lousy friend, but he doesn’t see you in his life anymore.

A lot of time has passed, and he now lives a new life, has a new circle of friends, and is happier and more fulfilled than before.

Maybe he doesn’t even like his past self

You remind him too much of a past he doesn’t want to return to.

What Should You Do When Your Old Friend Doesn’t Want to Reconnect With You?

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You may feel confused and hurt when your old friend doesn’t want to renew his friendship with you.

The most important thing is to put yourself in his shoes and conclude why.

Is it your fault or not?

If it is your fault, it is essential that you have sincerely apologized and that you really want to change things from the past.

Just know that sometimes it is impossible to get things back to how they were when we hurt someone too much.

If it’s not your fault, don’t immediately blame your friend.

People change; that’s just life.

There are rare examples of friendship lasting with the same intensity for a lifetime.

Why are you so desperate to reconnect with an old friend?

He will not reconnect with you, it’s obvious, but you still insist. Isn’t that a little desperate behavior?

Is it because you don’t have new friends, or do you miss the old carefree times with your old buddy?

You were much happier when you were younger, and you associate an old friend with that period.

“It’s always hard when you’ve known a person for a long time, and then you have to recognize that you have nothing left in common, but your memories”

Eva Heller

In The End,

You can’t expect people to want the same things as you.

Years pass, and life change us. It is normal to distance ourselves from some people.

It’s nice to reconnect with an old friend, but it’s never good to try to force it when it’s evident that friendship is in the past and has no future.

Hey, when you let time drive you apart, maybe you weren’t that close in the first place.