I’ve been thinking about something a lot lately…

I don’t know if it’s a Philly area thing, or if it has anything to do with the pandemic… or maybe it’s something else entirely…

I’ve noticed over the past couple of years, that people don’t seem very inclined to introduce themselves when meeting new people. I’ve also noticed that hosts of events often omit introductions, or make them entirely too late.

Growing up, I was always taught to introduce myself when presented with a new social situation. I was taught to greet people. As my network grew, and as I hosted gatherings and events, I’ve always been very conscious of making introductions between people who might not know one another. To me, this is just common courtesy.

But lately, I don’t see a lot of this happening. Perhaps this courtesy, like so many others, has been swept to the side in our tense political climate. If so, that’s sad. Or maybe it’s the social anxiety that people still feel coming back from virtual events.

Just remember, in real life, there’s no box floating somewhere above my head that will tell you my name.


By jjdeprisco

Sonic explorer, sound artist, guitarist in Fricknadorable, software designer.