And having someone breathe down your neck is not creepy?
Okay, so the first few people get into the elevator and spread out along the back wall, facing the door.
Now, in Austria, the people would spread out along the side walls, facing the center. How is that not the only non-creepy option? I can’t see myself walking up to someone, up to a distance closer than I’d normally do in public, and then turning my back to them.
Now, if the elevator fills up more than that, we need to say goodbye to any ideas of personal space anyway. People fill the space in between in random directions. I guess I was being inaccurate before: it’s not so much about facing people as about not turning your back on them. People mostly avoid directly facing strangers as well.