I don't mind waiting in airports for the same reason. Though it's less silent than a classroom, it's a chance to read and write and draw - although, oddly enough, drawing seems to get strangers talking more so than reading or writing.
Most of my students don't feel the same way. They get fidgety. They get restless. Even with paper and pencils and books, they are bored. They hate the silence that comes at the end of a test even more than the test. So, here's what I'm wondering:
Is it an introvert / extrovert thing?
Are kids too easily bored?
Do most people have a natural aversion to solitude and exploring our minds?
Have the social structures (school, entertainment, etc.) made it too difficult to be self-occupied and self-directed?
Is the sense of never finding oneself boring a sign of contentment or narcissism?