It's not just you. 90% of the average people I know are out of the market and will never return. This leaves mostly day traders and institution taking turns killing each other. A very volatile and dangerous situation. It really is worse than gambling. At lease when you play poker, your skill comes into help determine the outcome. I have resorted to abandoning trading individual stocks. I now only trade the whole market, or sectors through ETF's. Still risky but not nearly as risky as individual stocks.