The Arduino platform was originally created for artists to create interactive and responsive art installations. The majority of whom have zero programing experience. The code was written to be fairly user friendly. Loops are useful and not all that difficult to learn depending on what you are trying to do.
There is such a large pool of code posted on line that you really don't have to write anything from scratch. Just find some code that pretty much does what you want it to, then modify it for your application.
You can get one of the starter kits that will come with a prototyping board, parts, and a booklet with projects. You start off uploading and modifying some basic code and building some simple circuits. If you have zero experience in electronics and programming, this is a great way to learn since it goes in small easy to follow steps, but the steps aren't so slow that you get bored. There will also be lots of help available if you run into issues. Intimidation free way of getting into it.
I usually feel kind of guilty using the quick reply... my replies are rarely quick.