This article in the Daily-Telegraph reminded me that the increasing informality of our society contributes to undermining respect for not only our institutions but also our leaders.
I was raised, by my parents to always to address my elders as Mr. or Mrs., Dr., Judge, or by their military rank. I have always followed this dictum and have reframed from calling someone not my contemporary or younger by their title and not addressing them by their first name. I would only do so if given permission by them. Too often today their is assumption that addressing one by their first name is acceptable, a practice I find unacceptable.
Maybe it is because I am close to being a Senior citizen, old fashion, or just a snob. Formality is good for all of society.