I'm often amazed at the lengths we go to to avoid other people. Dh needed some bloodwork done today so we are sitting in the hospital lab. When we first walked in, I noticed that there were quite a few people here....all with a chair or 2 between them.
This is something we see often but why? Why is it so awful to sit next to a stranger? I can almost see it in a hospital setting because people may be sick but I've witnessed this very thing in a variety of places so I'm going to assume that illness was not a deciding factor here.
Think about how much space is being lost by sitting like this. When more people enter the room, either they have to sit next to you anyway or they'll share your discomfort and have nowhere to sit. We, as a people, need to learn to coexist better with our neighbors. It's not going to kill you (in most cases) to sit next to someone so maybe we should try to break this trend. Take the chair right next to someone instead of sitting 2 chairs away (unless you know your sick, then avoiding the spread of illness is preferable). I'll try, will you?