Why do i lose interest in things so quickly.

September 27, 2007 6:12pm CST
Is anyone else like me, i seem to have major trouble keeping interest in things for any period of time. For example this site, when i first joined i went hell for leather, but now the novelty has worn off, and even though i still think its fab and love the idea the intrest going. Its not only this site but loadsa others i join and the for no reason after just a short time just give up, my mail box is full of ptc mails i just can't be bother with anymore. It's not just the net either, i'm like this with everything in my life, i'm doing a law degree and have now lost intrest, but am perserving coz its my last year. And i'm exactly the same with hobbies and relationships, after a few weeks/months in a relationship i get itchy feet and it all goes down hill. Really i am that bad sometime i can't even get to the end of a film without losing interest even if its good and if i'm watching a tv program , especialy if its on my computer my attention wanders and i end up playing freecell and watching at the same time to keep me buzy. Is anyone else like this?
7 responses
• France
18 Jul 10
Hi littlemissh, I'm not sure if you'll have enough interest to even reply to this or even see this notice in your email as I've seen you haven't been on for 3 years.. Anyway, if luck will have it, you'll see this and respond. I'm in the same boat. I'm 31 years old. I'm an American living in France if that tells you anything. Anyway, I understand you 100%. I've realized just recently that what I have can't be normal. Why do I lose interest in everything in my life? EVERYTHING. I'm all about giving every project or task 100% heck, 1000%!! But once I achieve a goal or figure it out, I'm done.. It' like I enjoy the chase but once I get to the or see the finish in site, I lose interest.. Sometimes, I force myself to complete things even though I've lost interest in them. I'm always curious about things. I was the kid always touching things, asking "why this, that".. It's like I have so many interest but once I figure out how they work, I'm ready to move to the next thing.. I have the same issue as you.. Have you found if this is a disorder? Those who say ADD are clueless, those that say you haven't found the right thing, are clueless.. First off, I get bored with everything after doing it for a while, not just certain things that I like or dislike.. I can complete tasks that are boring, I may not like it but I like the goal of completing the task.. That's not ADD.. With the argument, gotta find that perfect thing to do doesn't work either because each time I find that little project that is so perfect, that high only last for so long.. it always ends.. Well like I said, I hope you see this message.. If not, you've def lost interest in even opening this message or have already spammed it or set your settings to not receive this message anymore.. ;)
• United States
27 Jan 11
I am the same way, MikeUSA31. I approach things with enthusiasm and determination, and once I reach an achievement, I lose interest....sometimes to the point of utterly despising whatever it was that I loved so much in the first place. I agree...it is not ADD. I think it is something psychological.
• Spain
2 Apr 12
MikeUSA31, you took every word out of my mouth!! :( you described this problem so perfectly that i nearly had to cry, because i finally found out i'm not the only person that has such a "disorder" .. i get yelled at by my WHOLE family for never finishing things and for STILL not having chosen a job/perfection or something to earn money with later in life! (i'm 19 at the moment). it's the exact same thing with me! with a song for example! .. once i find a new song that i think is awesome i'll OBSESS over it. i'll probably listen to it nonstop for a while, but after that it's fin. ende. over. no more interest whatsoever. i have tried a BUNCH of jobs things that i might wanna do for a living, and i was more then enthusiastic when i started them .. under those things were "digital artist(i still do that as a hobby sometimes .. only way to express how i feel xP)", graphic designer, 3DS Max designer, psychologist, detective, police, something related to a people help organization... etc i can't even remember all. i think some of us should contact some psychologists and maybe raise awareness for this problem! i'm sure there are a bunch of other people out there! it's probably psychological :/
• Spain
2 Apr 12
YOU'RE JUST LIKE ME!!! D: i have the EXACT same thing!! ... to me it happens with songs, puzzles, movies, digital art, shows, things i make (paper mache and costumes etc).... ... everything really. i usually have these sudden urges to start things and i then OBSESS over them! lol. but i lose interest REALLY fast during the process, then i usually "leave it for later" and never touch it again (unless someone bugs me to do so .. then i'll probably do it again in like a week). i have been trying to FIGHT that feeling so much, but it just won't leave! .. i started a 1000 piece puzzle of something i love (wolves) and i've been really excited to finish it, but it took me like 5 months to half finish it! not because i'm bad at puzzling, in fact it took me only around 2 hours (counting the time i worked on it) to finish half. and then i completely lost interest in it because it wasn't new anymore/pointless. i have around 1000 songs that i listen to, and i remember and have a unique feel for all of them, but i feel like i have nothing to listen to. i wonder what other things there are that i can do without losing interest so fast ... it's a pain! :/ .. the only time when i'm motivated for atleast a day is when i go to an anime convention/meeting with friends (which i do often, and i'm SUPER hyper when i'm with friends xP), but then i found myself thinking: "i already know everything, i know how it'll end, what's the point in continuing?" ... *sigh* :S .. scary i know haha .. you can email me if you want! :) tanhol9@yahoo.es cheers! :D Tanya
• Spain
2 Apr 12
HAHA speak of the devil! xD now that i've actually found some things on this issue and some people that feel the same i'm starting to lose interesting in researching this subject too! what do i do next! _ tanhol9@yahoo.es
25 Dec 12
I as well feel the same way as everyone else, but can't hold down work because of it. As soon as someone tells me how great I am at present thing I lose any interest. P.S. bleach rocks
@gradyslady (4057)
• United States
28 Sep 07
Do you have ADD, I know it sounds odd, but people with ADD lose interest in things really really quickly.
28 Sep 07
no i understand ur reasoning but no i don't guess i'm just one of those people.
• United States
28 Sep 07
Almost everyone that has ADD, attention deficit disorder, lose interest in things really easily.
@ladyrain (18)
• Philippines
9 Feb 11
i lose interest if things are bothering me an also it didn't provide new interest and is lack of challenges and especially if we are alone and no friends to be with
• Spain
2 Apr 12
lack of challenges ... that's so true! :/ lack of meaningful things that actually have a point and aren't that easy to figure out or monotone. i hope this problem becomes more known to psychologists, etc..
• Canada
29 Sep 10
this happens to me constantly. i am in post secondary for culinary arts and i am ridiculously sick of it. i have been in it for a week but i refuse to withdrawal because i don't want people to think i am a quitter. the only thing i DON'T get sick of is smoking. haha. i am constantly listening to a new genre of music or dying my hair a new colour or being interested in new boys. it is the most unappealing personality. i was just looking up symptoms of add, because this has been bugging me a lot since i started school. i honestly cannot say if it's add or not, but it doesn't seem like it.
• India
30 Sep 07
I would sy you are getting too worn off with things because when you find a new thing you tend to lose it for long,whatever you use if you use for long you will feel its value is lost so its always better that whatever new you find you take only small time to explore that instead of sittin in front of it for hours
@twoey68 (13663)
• United States
28 Sep 07
I get bored with some things quickly but not other things. If it's something fast paced and changing, like certain games or tv programs I can do it for hours but if it's something slow or monotonous then I get bored quickly and have to find something else to do. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~