Recently, it has been reported that doped semiconductor nanoparticles can yield both high luminescence efficiencies and a spectacular lifetime shortening, which suggests that doped semiconductor nanoparticles form a new class of luminescent materials for various applications. From lifetime measurements and time-resolved spectroscopy we conclude that the $Mn2+$ emission does not show a spectacular shortening of the decay time upon decreasing particle size as reported earlier. The luminescence of nanocrystalline $ZnS:Mn2+$ indeed has a short decay time (∼100 ns), but also shows a long ms range decay time. The short decay time is ascribed to a defect-related emission of ZnS, and is not from the decay of the $4T1−6A1$ transition of the $Mn2+$ impurity as suggested by other authors. The $4T1−6A1$ transition of the $Mn2+$ has a “normal” decay of about 1.9 ms. Based on our observations, we conclude that doped semiconductor nanoparticles do not form a new class of luminescent materials, combining a high efficiency with a short (ns) decay time.