Where do our interests come from?

I don’t like many of the same things that my friends do. I don’t listen to the same music as most of them. I don’t play the same video games. I don’t watch the same television shows. There’s very little crossover between my interests and my friends’. It’s like  How did it get to be this way?

Facebook is what really brought this thought to my mind. Everyday I log in on the right side of the screen, there’s always ads. This dude and 16 other of your friends like Peyton Manning or some other shit I don’t give a fuck about. I think I have only seen something that I liked twice in those ads in all the time that they’ve had those ads on their site.

Your friends are supposed to be the people closest to you yet I don’t have much in common with them. So how did I come to like the stuff that I like? I can’t get it from my parents. I have even less in common with them. They despise the majority of my hobbies. Why do I like the stuff that I like?

Here’s an example. I like professional wrestling a lot. My cousins used to be, but they’ve moved away from it. I’ve grown to like it a lot. My parents hated it and they hated that I watched it.  My closest friends didn’t have any interest in this show when I started watching it. Yet I’m still a professional wrestling fan to this day. How does this work out?

Another example would be that I like to read comic books. When I started, I didn’t know anyone who read comic books. My parents didn’t introduce it. I just bought one from a store and it all sprouted from there. I don’t talk about comic books with any of my friends.

It’s peculiar. It’s not just that I only like things my friends don’t like, I also don’t like the vast majority of things that my friends do. I don’t go out of my way to just hate these things unless it is to spite somebody.  One of my good friends always recommends me animes and other shows. I give each of them a chance, but I just end up not liking any of them. Music is also strange. I thought my musical interests lined up perfectly with one of my friends. He would recommend a lot of stuff and then I’d like it. Then slowly I developed my own tastes and rejected stuff he gave me. How did that happen? It’s like my interests mutated and became something of their own.

I thought the internet was the answer to most the questions I’ve been asking. I get a lot of recommendations off of it but it doesn’t account for everything. Like my interest in women. Where does that come from? My friends will talk up a girl. “That girl is so pretty.” I’ll just think to myself. Really? Her? I’ll agree with them sometimes, but other times I don’t. The internet isn’t affecting that.

Where do people’s interests come from? Random brain alignment? Are they encoded into our DNA? I’ll research into this one day.

One thought on “Where do our interests come from?

  1. Really interesting post. From the point of view of a writer, this is particularly interesting in terms of determining characters’ interests and trying to work out what kinds of things you can combine and to what effect within a single character. Thanks for sharing, and for making me think at 8am on a Saturday morning (an achievement in itself).

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