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What makes Above Top Secret SO ADDICTING?

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posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 03:58 PM
Don't tell me you're NOT addicted to ATS, to some degree, or another, because you'd be fibbing!

For me, I was always physical, socially and athleticly active with others...but along came this internet cyberspace environment, and WHAM! I was hooked! Maybe because it forces me to use my mind and intellect, rather than the traditional old "who's the baddest, toughest, or craziest kid on the block" sort of mentality.

I am learning from my fellow ATS members how to have a discussion WITHOUT seeing the people on the other side of the screen. Yet, I was taught to look someone in the eye when speaking with them, offer a firm handshake, appear & sound knowledgeable, and credible. And have common courtesy, decency, compassion, and respect for my elders.

Not that these traits are missing on the boards, but they aren't as prevelant as I'm used to. Which brings me to my question: what makes ATS so addicting, to YOU?

Is it the assortment of topics you can choose from?
Is it when people agree with you, and you receive a little "feel-good'?
Or when people disagree, and your mind goes the other way, and you 'dig in', to prove your point, and your "meddle"?
Or are you the type who just reads?
Or are you the type who absolutely must POST, POST, POST, and be heard?
Do you wish to "control" the thread you're in? (C'mon, admit it)!
Or are you the type who's into chaos, and wants to disrupt in any way?
Do you like presenting long, fact-filled, source-linked threads & posts?
Or will a couple lines suffice?
Are you lonely?
Curious? (ME)!
Intrigued? (Defineitely ME)!
A true conspiracy believer?
A true conspiracy skeptic?
Do you neglect responsibilities & loved ones, to spend time here?
Are you a points & status junkie?
Do you just love seeing all the avatars? (One of my addictions)!
Are you attracted to how many other people are like you, in your beliefs?
Is there a part of you that just likes to 'show off'?
Are you worried you're on some gov 'list', for being here, but do it anyway? (Cautiously, for me I guess)!
Ever felt you were making a difference, spending so much time here?
Ever felt you were wasting time, being on here?

Enlighten me, with any other possible explanations, if you dare to be honest.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:04 PM
Have to add.

If anyone had a cure please U2U me as my social life is gone down the crapper.

More addictive than coc aine.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:05 PM
Are you a government agent phishing for information on the habits of people who frequent the most popular alternatvie website in the world?


Yeah...I am addicted and it is the level of intelligent discussion I find here (reference: Debate Forum).

I simply cannot find it in my real life and when I do it is usually diluted by people who make light of it. The topics I am interested in (sociology, behavioural influence and its' influences in government policy/population control/media expression/advertising strategies) just are not taken seriously in my social circle where I can have a satisfactory discussion.

So I am here mainly to be amongst those, albeit virtually, who do take these topics seriously (and it can be said that even amongst this crowd my areas of interest still tend to be less popular...

And yup...I am addicted...

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:07 PM
Have to agree ATS is addictive. I look at several bookmarked sites during the morning to catch up on topics, then revisit ATS lot's of times over the rest of the day. Why is it addictive, who knows, perhaps the fact that it is so dynamic and up to the minute, and with such a wide and varied content. My tuppence

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:07 PM
I think people are drawn to ATS because it provides an open forum to discuss topics that most would look down upon, without the stigmas or stereo types you would be labeled with in the regular mainstream forums. Its also a great place to debate hot/unusual issues back and forth with each side (for the most part) providing a fact/scientific base for their arguments.

I myself enjoy reading posts from such members as Mike Sing and Oz Weatherman and MANY MORE etc. and seeing intelligent/expert opinions from members like Internos and Armap for instance.

Its fun to be part of ATS. Regardless of our differences in opinion on some topics, I feel like we are all one big happy, dysfunctional family that I am proud to be a part of.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:09 PM
It sure is addictive. I work/go to school full time yet this site is my greates daily endeavor. I am new, so its grip is yet firm. I was thinking that over time it might wear off. The thing that jazzes me the most is that every idea/post/thread can just be an idea. Everything here dosen't have to be fully founded and well researched. We know that science has lied, so all truths are possible truths, right? Comforting thought.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:14 PM
reply to post by s4dreamlnd93


Two words: Power Outage!!!

Oh, and, ATS Anonymous 100-Step program!

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:17 PM
I've been addicted since the day I realized it was here.

I simply cannot get the same 'fix' out of conversation with the sheeples around me. I don't care about American Idol, what the Jones' are doing, what's the best hot spot in town, etc...

It's my morning paper, my psychiatrist, my magazine, and my spiritual advisor - Hopefully it (ATS) won't start charging me!

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:29 PM
The fact that we can talk and discuss the out of the box theories that most of us can't do with the people around us. That's what brings me back. Also the virtual booze at DATS got to love it. And no Shock I am not plugging anything this time around.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 04:46 PM
just to be on the red list makes it so exciting

Non Phixion - The CIA is still trying to kill me

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 05:14 PM
It's like a salad bar.

I take what I like and leave the rest.

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 10:44 PM
Originally posted by MemoryShock

Are you a government agent phishing for info?

No, not at all. Wouldn't wanna be! I am under oath to be truthful, too, according to my acceptance of ATS T&C's... Hey, I just realized; the strict rules kinda keep me checking myself...Maybe these extra-sensitive guidelines makes for more stimulating thought process, before posting!?!

Yeah...I am addicted and it is the level of intelligent discussion I find here (reference: Debate Forum).

Thanks for your honesty, I'm addicted too! But DEBATE? Count me out. I give ya credit for being able to do that! (I'm more of a hockey player)!lol

The topics I am interested in...just are not taken seriously

Nail! My prob also! They look at me like I'm strange...Wow! I just realized another thing;-maybe because I can't see or hear other members, there's less inhibition to discuss/reveal/speculate/search/agree with like-minds!

Star, MemoryShock!

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 10:56 PM
Originally posted by QBSneak000

Its fun to be part of ATS. I feel like we are all one big happy, dysfunctional family that I am proud to be part of.

(Laughing hysterically) STAR!
Real good, Sneak, real good. The children (us) are nearly out of control...
The parents (owners & mods) spend all day & night maintaining order!

But no matter how bad it gets, no matter how many times we run away, no matter how bad the house gets trashed, we come back!!!

Forgive me, but I think we're onto something new here-'CyberPsychology'

Time for a new forum? GROUP THERAPY? LOL

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 11:09 PM
It's like porn for people that know how to think.

[edit on 10-3-2009 by whaaa]

posted on Mar, 10 2009 @ 11:57 PM
There is a whole range of reasons that makes this site so addictive for different people as we have already seen.
I discovered ATS over a year ago and have been on close to every day even if it is just a few minutes or for an update on a thread I have been following. It is also my main source of news these days.

A number of people have mentioned the community or family feel to the place. I couldnt agree more. I have a number of 'friends' here and have had out of ATS contact with quite a few of them as many others have.
I have also noticed from time to time if a member hasnt been seen for a while, others tend to ask about thier whereabouts or welfare. This 'comminity spirit' and sense of belonging is important to some people.

I think a big factor in ATS being so addictive is that there are so many like minded people as Memory pointed out. Everone may not always agree but still have an interest in the topic which makes for interesting discussion.

[edit on 11/3/2009 by VIKINGANT]

posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 08:26 AM
Besides being able to read about and participate in discussions of subjects I am interested in I think it is the sheer novelty of what members come up with.

You can never guess what's coming next.

I spend a lot of time playing computer games which can get predictable, but here there are so many people with so many ideas it never gets 'old'.

So much input - original, helpful, just plain silly - it's wonderful to see how other people think and get their perspective on things. Of course, that goes for both ATS and BTS.

I've started a few silly threads in BTS and have never been disappointed with the response.

I think it's people's willingness to participate - there'll always be someone to play with.

I like to think that occasionally something I've written has helped someone too.

Oh, and can I give an honourable mention to the threads that start 'I've just got amazing footage of a UFO - I'll post it in a couple of hours/tomorrow/next week'.
Love those.

posted on Mar, 11 2009 @ 11:25 AM
It's simply a subtle neuro-stimulant code that Skeptic Overlord has written into the main programming of ATS that makes it so addictive.

Being practically illiterate myself and having the IQ that is sub par for a starfish, just goes to prove that it must be subliminal influence at work.

posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 01:34 AM
I'm addicted to ATS for a number of reasons. The variety of topics being discussed, the varying opinions (even the ones that I don't agree with), the dynamic environment on the boards, and the wealth of information contained in the posts and links posted here. The amount of civility expected from members here is also a huge draw. It helps keep the conversations and the information flowing without it devolving into a shouting match or a pissing contest.

(Edited to replace "variety" with "number" in the first sentence.)

[edit on 3/12/2009 by deputydawg611]

posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 02:48 AM
What about ATS isn't addicting?

I found ATS completely by accident about a year ago - when I decided that I wanted to receive a Conspiracy Newsletter by email. How fortunate for me, that ATS was near the top

Soon after, I found myself completely in awe with the vast range of topics on here to satisfy almost anyone's interests: Aliens, UFO's, Political Conspiracies, NWO Speculation, Medical Conspiracies, and Whatever-happened-to-the-Nicole-and-Paris-Friendship (just kidding).

Shortly after that, I found some of the greatest people anyone could ever call friends; honestly the sense of community (as mentioned already) around this place is great. As Viking mentioned, when people are away for a few days - you notice, and you wonder, and you care.

I usually sign in every day to check up on what's going on (DATS) and I'm slowly working my way back into the ATS side of things (which I was hiding from during the elections). I'm getting there, time to stop drinking and start thinking more

There is just so much information here - and even if you aren't a Conspiracy Theorist there's always BTS to offer up some lighter topics of discussion.

ATS is just such a well-rounded site, I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't want to label this as one of their addictions

- Carrot

posted on Mar, 12 2009 @ 04:58 AM
Stars to everyone so far!!!

Thanks for the no-B.S. admission to what YOU think it is!

I like responding to each person in a thread I start, personally, because when I first got here, I thought those who did, were the best...

We got...from Scotland...Up to the minute, and Dynamic! (big gee).

A "firm grip" from Torsion girl...

blujay calls it a "fix", and "psychiatrist"...well done!

Ant4AU says it's "Out of the box" like virtual booze from DATS; WOW! I'll have to stop by there, for a 'pint' LOL

Grey Magic taunts the "Red List" . . .EXCELLENT! I Love it!

badgerprints calls it a "Salad Bar" . . .real good! (save me some Blue Cheese)!!!

whaa describes it as "Porn for those who can think" . . .FAR OUT! I can only say...(sorry, I couldn't think of what to say)!!!LOL

VIKINGANT gets news, like me, and "Out of ATS Contact" . . .you mean like 'picking up chicks'? LOL . . .good for you; you DOG!!!

berenike offers a nice tid-bit; "Never guess what's next" . . .I like that.

whatukno made me laugh-"neuro-stimulant code", subliminal... COOL!

deputydawg611; the civility & decorum prevents typical fights & "Pissing Matches" . . .Soo Right! Good point!

For me to add:
The human mind is a vast place; so naturally, a vast website like this, is an automatic stimulant for the curious, intrigued, intelligent, experienced, enlightened, engaged, serious, humorous, thinker, tinker, joker, perfectionist, chaotician, mediator, frantic, passive, hyper-aroused, laid-back, arm-chair, frustrated, contented, moody, mental, emotional, UNemotional, religious, athiest, groupie, loner, traditional, radical, left-wing, right-wing, undecided, fearful, unafraid, physical, non-physical, conformist, NONCONFORMIST type of person who ever walked the face of the internet!


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