Good questions, OP. I've had many of the same thoughts and reservations about EVP's.
They are so widespread, it's hard to discount them. Can we call so many, many people liars and hoaxers? It's hard to just dismiss all
as hoaxes, isn't it?
On one of the ghost shows, there was an older woman who was almost "addicted" to EVP's. She would get up in the night after her family had gone to
bed, and get out her "stashed" recorder. She had truly become obsessed with it, and had isolated herself within her home. It was affecting her
life, and not in a good way. She had hours and hours of recorded EVP's. She knew none of the "ghosts". The show ended with the Host, convincing
her to stop it, and she gave up her tapes and recorder.
So, it amounts to how much trust do we have in people? In the ghost shows? How good are we at determining veracity?
Now, not to insult anybody...but I'm kinda out on Franks Box, or Ghost Box. That allows for too much personal/subjective interpretation, for my
taste, and I can't seem to accept it. It's radio interference, imo.
But as for the recorded EVP's....I do believe some of them are real. I have to. I can't dismiss mass amounts of people as delusional, or liars, or
having faulty equipment. It happens too often to dismiss them all.
I will try it one day, I know I will. But it won't be in my own home. It will be in one of the haunted hotels, probably in La. or SC. But I