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"I'm not interested in music."
"I'm indifferent to music."
Does 'indifferent' also work here and mean the same as 'not interested'?
I don't know, so the following is going to be a guess.
Interested concerns the mind. Indifferent concerns the heart. I'm interested in politics, photography, sport etc. But, I'm indifferent to people or things that affect my emotions. 'I'm indifferent to her' can mean 'I don't care about her' or it can mean 'I'm not interested in her' !
I'm interested in music, but I'm indifferent to Janis Joplin. I love seafood, but I'm indifferent to monkfish. It would be wrong to say that I'm interested in seafood.
I'm sure this doesn't help and what we really need is an indifferent expert to jump in.
Thank you very much for answering my question. Do 'I'm indefferent to her' and 'I'm not interested in her' mean exactly the same?
Would it be fine to use 'not interested' instead of 'indifferent' here as follows:
'Why don't you vote - how can you be so indifferent (to what is going on)!' (from dictionary)
Why don't you vote - how can you be not so interested (in what is going on)!
To be indifferent to something means that the something is of no particular importance to you.
To be uninterested [not interested] is more specifically that you do not have any interest in that thing.
Why don't you vote - how can you be so indifferent (to what is going on)!' (from dictionary) How can it not matter to you what is going on?
Why don't you vote - how can you be not so interested (in what is going on)! Bad English. "Why don't you vote? You can't be so uninterested in what is going on." = You surely must have some interest in what is happening
"to be not interested in something" =
Why don't you come to the cinema tonight?
I am not interested in the pseudo-life of films.
The first is [curiously] more active in sense than the second since to be indifferent is essentially to be passive about something.