In the last few years, I've noticed that I've lost interest in most of the stuff people around me talk about. I'd like to think that I've got quite a few interests and hobbies, I love debates, but I simply can't keep up with lighthearted discussions and social chitchat that makes up 90% of conversations, no matter how hard I try. This is especially obvious in my current state, since I'll start my first semester at a university, and all the newbies are trying to know each other before september. It looks like that in this first stage of group development, everybody seeks connections and similarities to impress others; they talk about seemingly unimportant things, like who did what when and where, who knows whom, favorites etc.
Now, it's either that they actually enjoy these subjects (which I find unlikely), or they are trying to "connect" with each other, as I've stated before. I'm not a robot (no, really ), and I know that the forming of the team is extremely important, it's just that I find it really hard to pretend that I care about this stuff. Personal stories of people bore the HELL out of me (think about parties, gatherings etc.), and I almost instantly start to think about something else. If I...
a) don't do and don't say anything without pretending to care while the group is still in the discussion, I feel alienated almost instantly, which is a serious handicap in most cases;
b) try to change the subject, somehow I'm either perceived as impolite or strange -> awkward situations.
I think I just don't care about people I don't find interesting enough. In my last school, strangers came to greet me every day with a friendly smile, and I didn't know where we've met and how we know each other.
Do you think I should keep trying, is it worth it? Know any techniques to keep up with the discussion? Did you ever have such problems? Is this an MBTI-related issue?
I hope I made myself clear enough (ugh, english...). Comments are welcome.