According to science we have been lining up all wrong. When was the last time you lined up for something? Concert, beer, the bathroom? Ok so maybe this won’t work in all instances but according to a study from the University of Denmark we should be serving the last person in line first. This maybe would change the way people line up for things.
From a report in Yahoo News Trine Tornøe Platz, an assistant professor of business and economics and co-author of the study, explains “Last-in, first-out has some really nice theoretical properties, but for sure the implementation would face some obvious challenges.”
Under this approach, there would be no advantage at all to being there first.
“It would be more risky to turn up early because if you are not served right away, you would have to wait for a longer time,” she told Yahoo News.
“But if you show up later – even if you are not served right away – you would only have to wait for a shorter period before the people after you have been served.”
People would hold off their arrival, for fear of what Platz calls “being trapped at the front of the queue.”
“That is why it will probably be more relevant in situations where you don’t have a physical queue. If you did, you would need some practical constraints.”
She suggests this would work better for phone or online queues.
“This means people will not show up,” she said. “That you will not have this large group of people lined up at the beginning, so that means you will avoid this large queue, and you’ll have lower average waiting time. And, in theory, this will make people better off.”
Phone numbers and ISP addresses would be tracked, so people couldn’t disconnect, reconnect and improve their spot in the queue. Everyone would have to wait, but the waits – overall – would not be as long.