For unimportant chitchat, don't feel you need to respond right away. Slow down the pace of your responses to a couple of hours, instead of a couple of minutes.

When you see him just tell him not to take it personally but...(whatever your reason is).
Originally Posted by spiderlashes5000
Yes I usually respond hours later if I'm busy or not feeling up to texting. But I set that as the standard so they know I'm not the texting type like that.