I've been noticing a peculiar feature of my classes this year that may be more wide spread and I just haven't noticed until now, but the students are territorial. I've attended a lot of lectures as a student in my time and can honestly say that I have never used one particular seat in a classroom over an extended period of time, on purpose. There may have been a part of certain rooms I preferred to sit in for one reason or another, but never have I been wedded to a particular seat. Oddly, I am observing exactly that in my classes, particularly the larger one.
There seems to be some sort of unwritten rule that you are bound to the chair you select on the first day. Particularly strange are the students who sit in seats that restrict their view of the screen because of where I set up the podium. I can see on the first day sitting there by happenstance, but repeatedly? For weeks?
What was casual observation until recently was confirmed today when one student who arrived just before class asked another if the seated student could move over one spot so that she could sit in "her" seat. Honestly, I don't even have a point to this post other than to wonder what the hell this is all about. Unless you are working on some master graffiti project on a particular desk and need the time to work it like Andy needed time to tunnel out of Shawshank, what's the difference? Perhaps I am just not attuned to the comforting feeling of a cramped and uncomfortable desk that you have a special bond with.