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Old 25th April 2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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Would you change your bank cards to Dr?

If you completed a PhD? My friend has done it but I feel it's a bit of a douchey move. He says it impresses women.

The only reason to do it (besides showing off) is to increase your chances of being upgraded to an airline business class...as far as I see anyway.

Yes or no?
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Old 25th April 2014, 11:44 AM   #2
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I've never experienced any such benefit from my title, not even on airlines, so I don't bother anymore.
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Old 25th April 2014, 2:02 PM   #3
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I did when I qualified as a vet, because I figured the bank might look more kindly on my mortgage application if I was officially a "Dr". I don't know if it works that way or not, but I figured every little bit helps!

I don't know if I would do it for a PhD.
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Old 25th April 2014, 2:11 PM   #4
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I never even considered it, but I was military so I had to have my rank on them. I had new ones made for my new job, and it never even occurred to me despite having two now. The only time I feel it would be relevant is if you are a full time academic or a medical/mental health doctor. Seems a bit pretentious to me.
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Old 25th April 2014, 2:31 PM   #5
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NO ! Dated two MD's and was most impressed that they DIDN'T use their titles when making reservations and such.
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Old 25th April 2014, 2:34 PM   #6
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As long as you aren't one of those people that days " excuse me... its Dr. Pretentious, not miss "

Your okay in my book, no matter what your bank card says.
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Old 25th April 2014, 3:08 PM   #7
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No, when people use Dr to name themself I just automatically think they are pretentious. Its cause they assume the Dr title should immediately command them more respect or something.
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Old 25th April 2014, 6:43 PM   #8
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I have not done so, nor would I do so. But then I'm just too old to care about that stuff!
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Old 25th April 2014, 6:43 PM   #9
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It's douchey. I don't think you'd want to attract the kind of people who would be attracted to that.
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Old 25th April 2014, 7:15 PM   #10
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My fancy degree title appears on my business credit card becaue it's the business credit card.

I doesn't appear on any of my personal documents. I would be embarrassed to put it there.
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Old 25th April 2014, 7:24 PM   #11
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Not too different from the attorneys that put "esq." after their names. Dorks.
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Old 25th April 2014, 7:26 PM   #12
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Business cards, LinkedIn, etc yes. Personal stuff, no.
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Old 25th April 2014, 7:34 PM   #13
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But one thing I found out early on in academia is that it's worth a minute or two of research to figure out if you're talking to a "Dr." or a "Mr." Most don't mind, but those that do really, really mind. I'll call someone "Dr." by default.
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Old 25th April 2014, 8:13 PM   #14
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But one thing I found out early on in academia is that it's worth a minute or two of research to figure out if you're talking to a "Dr." or a "Mr." Most don't mind, but those that do really, really mind. I'll call someone "Dr." by default.
A professor of mine once explained the difference as follows:

A Dr. has a fancy degree. A Prof. has a job.
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Old 25th April 2014, 8:50 PM   #15
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A few associates Earned every ounce of the titles. Doctors , lawyers, Priest, Admiral, R.N., Etc. Only two that I know of place their titles behind or in front of their names when signing documents or carrying identification. It doesnt get them first class on airlines and doesnt get them a better table at fine dining. Nor do they use the titles to gain preferential treatment. Most times their banking information is the same as what is listed on their social security card so unless they were born with MD, ESQ, or RN, then its doubtful it would be listed on their bank account. Last I checked most do not want strangers to know their profession - it makes them a target in certain environments.
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