Waiting in line is boring, annoying, unfair. We wait much less than we used to, fortunately. But something has been lost in the process.
We wait in line much less than we used to. Why are we so impatient all the same? Photo: Bernd Wustneck/dpa
Anyone looking for a scene of great emotion should look for a queue. He won’t find love, faith or hope there, but latent irritation and tension just before the explosion: Something seems to be at stake here. The degree of displeasure bears no relation whatsoever to the length of the wait. The fact that this five-minute interruption of our efficiently planned day upsets us in such a way does not cast a good light on our everyday state of mind.