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Old 04-19-2019, 12:29 AM
 
Location: The Pacific Northwest
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https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...-ufo-sightings

Are aliens losing interest in us, or are we losing interest in aliens?

It’s an interesting topic whether you’re a believer or a skeptic. In the decades after WW2 there were thousands and thousands of reports of UFOs. Now, all I see are clearly hoaxes. I’ve not seen a plausibly authentic UFO video in years, despite the fact that virtually everyone in the developed world walks around with a video camera with them.

I’ve seen some footage from years past that makes me really wonder about this issue, but the lack of sightings in recent years does make me suspect it might really be a socio-cultural phenomenon that has become a thing of the past. But if that’s true, it means every UFO photo and video is a hoax.

The other, wildly different theory would be that aliens were interested in us after we displayed the use of nuclear weapons, and now that things have appeared to have settled down, they have moved on.
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:09 AM
 
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The other, wildly different theory would be that aliens were interested in us after we displayed the use of nuclear weapons, and now that things have appeared to have settled down, they have moved on.
Or maybe more people are taking their meds and not hallucinating as much!
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Old 04-19-2019, 04:35 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The article was very weak and less than insightful. Just off the top of my head I can posit three factors that might cause an apparent shift.

Drones: Those provide an easy "explanation." "Look, daddy! A UFO!" "Its just a drone, son." "Will you buy me one?" and so, a reporting is lost through mischaracterization and laziness.

Photoshop: "Yeah, Martha, I saw a UFO, but people will just say I photoshopped the picture, and I don't need the hassle."

Background static: Social media sucks up bandwidth to the point that a fuzzy fleeting pic of a UFO stands no chance for circulation in the background noise of iPhone unboxing and Kardasian butt photo discussions.

At this point, I think most folks understand that there are projects by various governments that have amazing capabilities. That equates to burn-out for some interested in the "unexplained" part of the phenom.
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Old 04-19-2019, 06:26 AM
 
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Everybody is looking down at their phones. Wouldn't notice if a meteor almost hit them.
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Old 04-19-2019, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Personally, I think either they got everything they needed from us and they're on to a different study, or the government agency that gave them permission to experiment on us rescinded it, or the agreement expired.
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Old 04-19-2019, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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It's a cyclical fad, and always has been.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:06 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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Or maybe more people are taking their meds and not hallucinating as much!
There may be some genuine hallucinations, many are mistaken identities after merely seeing lights in the sky, but I think a lot of them, particularly the close encounters and abduction tales, are just baldfaced lies, hoping to gain attention and perhaps ever notoriety.

The only way I'll believe that UFOs are vehicles from other worlds piloted by aliens is that if I see positive, undeniable proof. Just seeing a few strange lights in the sky isn't proof.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:08 PM
 
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Could it be that when people report UFO sightings, they no longer
use the traditional ways and instead post them on youtube and
facebook and other social media? Sightings do no seem to have
decreased in Central and South America.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:51 PM
 
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The sad thing now is, with today's technology, it's just so easy to fake pictures and videos. Any idiot can put out a convincing hoax - picture or video, and frequently do on youtube and other social media. I think at this point the public is becoming jaded and cynical.

But it is sad that a 50 year old out of focus and fuzzy picture of a UFO has more reliability than the modern versions. Now people, given the state of social media where each click generates revenue, look at one and say "fake". And the sad thing is they are right.

I (still) Want to Believe. It becomes harder and harder...I used to when I was younger, but not anymore.
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Old 04-19-2019, 03:55 PM
 
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Everybody is looking down at their phones. Wouldn't notice if a meteor almost hit them.
You could count on your fingers the number of people that have even looked up in the past 20 years. The only way they'd ever see a UFO was if it passed between their eyes and smart phone screen.
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