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Why is ATS So Addictive?

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posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:09 PM
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Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Skychief, I hope you don't mind, but I am going to quote you on my LISTEN UP PTS! thread b/c of your comments regarding the ATS point system. I would love it if you (and everyone else) would join that conversation. We are trying to figure out ways to improve PTS.

Come on over..


No problem ECK! Now, don't get me wrong, I believe the point system is actually an interesting way to keep members involved but unfortunately, some probably get a little carried away with it. Things sound like they are getting a little interesting over there. I'll have to spend some time on PTS, with you guys, and try to contribute something meaningful.




posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:11 PM
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Originally posted by skychief
No problem ECK! Now, don't get me wrong, I believe the point system is actually an interesting way to keep members involved but unfortunately, some probably get a little carried away with it. Things sound like they are getting a little interesting over there. I'll have to spend some time on PTS, with you guys, and try to contribute something meaningful.


We look forward to seeing you there. And we hope you will get into the discussion on how to better PTS.



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:16 PM
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Why is ATS so addictive?

ATS gives people a chance to say stuff without getting weird looks from people. I mean, come on...most people would think we're crazy.

Especially if you go around saying stuff like this,

Originally posted by Vinci
If it stays for 10 min, it's a chemtrail.


On days when the skies are cloudless the chemtrails themselves form a type of "vapor lock," which causes massive co-joined vapors of the jet streams to cover the skies as if there were but 1 or 2 giant clouds. What you see in the skies then is pure chemtrail. Remember, a great percentage of the necessary oxygen on the planet issues from clouds. Because of the contamination of the clouds now, the oxygen is becoming extremely depleted.


There are some precautions that you can take to help alleviate the chemtrail afflictions. Do not be an idiot and stand outside watching the spraying.


chemtrails are the line-shaped clouds.


And I have discovered the true cause of chemtrails... ANGEL FARTS! big, nasty, odorous, high altitude angel farts...


That dove was a soldier in the Mehdi Army.


What i said is from my own knoweledge of history


Anyone who ignores me, ignores me because they are affraid of the truth, and because they think that ignorance is bliss.


You are under much propoganda. Take it from me, someone who knows about every single battle, and every single news story, and have sources on the ground.


You imperialist myrimidion. HOw do you ever hope to defeat IRAQ, WHEN EVEN THE DOVES OF PEACE ARE ON THEIR SIDE OF THE WAR!

Can you imagine the reactions of people in the pizza hut booth next to yours????


Seriously tho...ATS is awesome. I don't know why...I just feel compelled to go onto ATS everyday. It's more addictive than porn


[edit on 12/6/2005 by SportyMB]



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 05:27 PM
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Originally posted by SportyMB

Can you imagine the reactions of people in the pizza hut booth next to yours????


Seriously tho...ATS is awesome. I don't know why...I just feel compelled to go onto ATS everyday. It's more addictive than porn


[edit on 12/6/2005 by SportyMB]


Try writing for a big paper!
Much self-sensorship ensues....



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 10:29 PM
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Come For The Coffee, Stay For The Pie

Why is ATS so addictive?

I guess it's the irony.

I first came to ATS to find out about conspiracies and ended up posting about one.


Then I decided to explore the supernatural and ended up confessing to a bit of sorcery in my callow youth and ultimately declaring myself a prophet.


I came to ATS to take advantage of the international viewpoints of the membership and ended up flaming everyone for “America-bashing” and “nationalist bigotry”.


In fact, I just can't seem to use the word “bigotry” enough in my posts. Bigotry bigotry bigotry!


Ah, that felt good! *Ahem*


That said, I agree with those who have remarked on the diversity of our community. While I hate the use of the word “diversity” as some sort of PC platitude buzz-word, it really does apply here.


It is wonderful to see what other people from around the world think (short answer: they hate Bush and the U.S.).


I promised myself I wouldn't “get personal” on ATS, but now I've posted some of my songs, sketches and creative writing.


In the greatest of ironies, I came to ATS to get away from politics, and not only did I get sucked into talking, debating and flaming about politics in the forums, now I'm one of ATS's first in-house politicians.


Sheesh. I feel like the Forrest Gump of ATS.


Next up: A road trip with Elvis, Bigfoot and El Chupacabra.


Elvis says he's buyin'.




[edit on 6/12/2005 by Majic]



posted on Jun, 12 2005 @ 10:29 PM
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I feel like i'm surrounded by people who understand my ideas, and don't send me emails like:

" I do care, but I'm more worried about secret agents hiding in the bushes in my backyard. They are little sneaky bastards, it's difficult to catch them, but one day I will. Then instead of doing the ridiculous job of watching my family I'll tell them to better find out who sent those tiny green creatures living inside of my TV. They mostly never bother me but once in a while they get out and eat all our sugar, which is kind of annoying.

You should get a life and do something usefull."

From my own father too



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 07:41 AM
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Originally posted by Majic
It is wonderful to see what other people from around the world think (short answer: they hate Bush and the U.S.).




I don't think they hate the people in the US, tho they certainly can't stand our president.

I wonder how long their good will towards we the people will last?



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:08 AM
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Originally posted by EastCoastKid

Originally posted by Majic
It is wonderful to see what other people from around the world think (short answer: they hate Bush and the U.S.).




I don't think they hate the people in the US, tho they certainly can't stand our president.

I wonder how long their good will towards we the people will last?


On the contrary - I frequent and visit with countless people from around the world (home-bound - interwebbythingy is my life), there IS a "US people" hatred, not just "US Gov". The sentiment I see is that, being it is "the people" that voted Bush in, the people ARE Bush. It is a completely logical thought process to me.

Misfit



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:41 AM
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Yeah, I can see that. But to be fair, I've heard a lot of foreigners acknowledge that not all of us support Bush and are still friendly. This adminstration has certainly done a number on us, tho, in the world's eyes.



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:47 AM
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Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Yeah, I can see that. But to be fair, I've heard a lot of foreigners acknowledge that not all of us support Bush and are still friendly. This adminstration has certainly done a number on us, tho, in the world's eyes.


So true bud.

Were it not for those people, I would have many less friends in the rest of the world.

It is those people, that the folks of the US should be grateful for. If it were not for them, I would dare say most countries would be baggering/bribing/voting/protesting their gov's to take us on. I hate it for any of those "US is #1 military" here, as it AIN'T taking on the whole world.

Misfit



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:48 AM
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We are getting reinforced by replies to our posts, or new posts in areas we are interested in. That is why we are so addicted.


I think NC hit it right on the head....



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by Misfit

Originally posted by EastCoastKid
Yeah, I can see that. But to be fair, I've heard a lot of foreigners acknowledge that not all of us support Bush and are still friendly. This adminstration has certainly done a number on us, tho, in the world's eyes.


So true bud.

Were it not for those people, I would have many less friends in the rest of the world.



One thing I like about ATS is the non-US members can see how varied our opinions are here, that we are not all followers of Bush.



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 11:29 AM
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I don't know why ATS is so damn addictive. I've been trying to get away for over a year now. I really don't know why I come here anymore, since it's turned into a political site.

All it really does now is raise my blood pressure... I detest a large portion of the members and that just doesn't make for a good message board experience. I've tried to relax and ignore the stupid, racist, nationalistic, and just plain evil comments I see frequently on this board but I can't. It just pisses me the hell off.

I mean, it was different when I first found this board and there were just a few comments like that sprinkled around. It was easy just to say "whatever" and move on. Then the "change" happened and the board overflowed with new people who just were interested in political rancor. I'd ignore it but the stuff is infectious and its easy to get drawn into it.

I swear it just takes 10 seconds of being on ATS these days for me to read something that makes steam shoot out of my ears. Hell, just thinking about being on ATS makes me angry...



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 12:02 PM
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Originally posted by Flinx
Hell, just thinking about being on ATS makes me angry...


That's funny..


And you might as well give it up Flinx.. you'll never get ATS out of your system!!!!!



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 12:59 PM
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I think it is the people. Easy to discuss things with. Many open minds. No out and out conflicts. Opinions are allowed here, as oppose to some forums where if you don't agree with this person or that person you are blackballed.

I like the fact that everyone is themself here. And no one stops them from it.

Also, the free beer and nachos I have seen passed around on this thread helps!

Zerinity



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 01:08 PM
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Originally posted by Zerinity
Also, the free beer and nachos I have seen passed around on this thread helps!

Zerinity


We do love our free beer here!



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 03:57 PM
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Originally posted by EastCoastKid

Originally posted by Flinx
Hell, just thinking about being on ATS makes me angry...


That's funny..


And you might as well give it up Flinx.. you'll never get ATS out of your system!!!!!


*sigh* I know... Even if I was kicked off or banned, I'd keep reading the posts...



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 04:03 PM
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Originally posted by Flinx
*sigh* I know... Even if I was kicked off or banned, I'd keep reading the posts...


True addiction!



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 04:41 PM
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Clinically, the term to apply to the condition of frequenting ATS is not addiction. It is however better in such cases to speak of compulsions and obsessions. There is also an element of training or, more accurately, conditioning in this process or, even more accurately, operant conditioning. To understand more clearly how operant conditioning works, here is an excellent interactive tutorial:

www.uwc.edu...

Human bahavior is infinitely complex, so each individual will have a different experience and often it is easy to deny the effect of conditioning in favor of cognitive motivations. These factors are important, but that doesn't make the effects of operant conditioning less meaningful.



posted on Jun, 13 2005 @ 04:58 PM
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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Clinically, the term to apply to the condition of frequenting ATS is not addiction. It is however better in such cases to speak of compulsions and obsessions. There is also an element of training or, more accurately, conditioning in this process or, even more accurately, operant conditioning. To understand more clearly how operant conditioning works, here is an excellent interactive tutorial:

www.uwc.edu...

Human bahavior is infinitely complex, so each individual will have a different experience and often it is easy to deny the effect of conditioning in favor of cognitive motivations. These factors are important, but that doesn't make the effects of operant conditioning less meaningful.


What Grady's actually saying (in english) is we're being MIND CONTROLLED!!!!!!!





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