[Discussion] Calling People By Their Names or Not?
Bit of a random thing here but as I’ve grown up I noticed I can’t seem to call people by their given names without becoming overly conscious or worried about it
Sometimes I wonder if it’s because I’ve been watching too much anime (haha) or if it’s something in my environment. For example, I cannot for the life of me, call any of my teachers by their names. In a sense this has become a “problem” in college since not a lot of teachers like to be called Professor XYZ. But I always feel rude if I call them by their first name because in elementary to high school that’s all we were allowed to call our teachers. It’s almost improper to call your teachers before college by their names and we’re usually corrected
At first I thought this was only a problem I had in school. Figured it was because I had been going to school for 10+ years where Mr/Mrs/Ms were The Rule, but then I found that it extended further. At work I don’t feel comfortable calling my coworkers by their names if I don’t ask them for it, especially if their name sounds more like a nickname (#currentdilemma). I feel more comfortable calling them by their last names. And the same with bloggers and others online
Using myself as an example. I go by the name Crimson online but people also know me as Lisette. I probably wouldn’t feel comfortable saying Lisette because it has more of a personal feel to it
What about everyone else, how do you feel about names? Be it in the real world or online? Is it something you ever think about? Is it weird for a new blogger to just go to your blog or other social media site and be all ‘Hey Susan, your post was great’ even though you guys have never interacted before? Is it okay because it’s online?