A friend from Iran and I are starting up a new blog soon. We are going to answer everyday questions posed by new immigrants to Germany about what they see happening around them and can’t make sense of. Questions they do not understand because either the situation is different in the countries they come from, or they do not know any Germans to ask.
I thought I would post a few of the posts here, since they will be appearing in German in the other blog.
Why don’t people talk to each other in doctor’s waiting rooms?
The opposite of talking isn't listening. The opposite of talking is waiting. Fran Lebowitz
Time spent in a doctor’s waiting room is usually spent quietly. When entering the waiting room, you are expected to greet everyone with a brief “Guten Tag” and then quickly find a seat and sit there silently until your name is called. It is time to wait: reading magazines, looking at something on your mobile phone, or just sitting still.
Generally, Germans do not like to show they are suffering from an illness or that they are in pain. So, maybe everyone is silent in the waiting room out of respect to let others suffer in silence.