The old adage, "If it seems too good to be true, it probably is" couldn't be more appropriate way to start this article. The subject alone is enough to make anyone serious about paranormal research pull their hair out. Ghost apps. How are they fooling the masses? Especially "educated paranormal researchers"?? Makes you wonder, right?
1. Attached to a story about the moment it was taken, and then followed by a story of people wanting to move out of their homes immediately, and then we are asked if we can investigate their home. *SIGH*
2. "My ____ (sister, cousin, friend, uncle) sent me this photo and they are terrified." Of course then follows the story of torment, wanting to move out of their house, yada yada, and then of course we are asked if we can investigate their home. *EYE ROLL*
As the person who normally serves as the liaison between our team and the client, I find this to be extremely disrespectful. It's a huge waste of time for us. What an insult to the services we've provided to hundreds. Not only is this an insult to us, but it's an even bigger insult to people who have had true experiences. I have seen some truly tormented people living with things that would make the average person shudder, and here I am stuck arguing the validity of a civil war soldier standing in Uncle Pete's kitchen here in Northern California.
This is about the point an individual gets upset that I am not buying into their claim, and an argument ensues. People can be very hostile, when you catch them in a lie. When you have to be the one to tell them that they have produced a fraudulent photo, the bashing begins. "You guys have no clue what you're doing, you call yourselves paranormal investigators? Turning away people who truly need help!!" We're paranormal investigators, not psychologists, know what I mean? I'm sure many paranormal investigators can relate.
Paranormal ghost apps are damaging to the paranormal community. Being slightly skeptical of what others produce as "evidence" is completely healthy for the community. Many people feel that in order to be skeptical, that you must not be a believer of the paranormal, but that is completely untrue. Being skeptical of the paranormal, and being skeptical of people and their methods of evidence collection are two different things. These apps are a major set back for us. They undermine true paranormal phenomena, and the experiences that people have. As investigators, we should be banning together and educating people. There should be a zero tolerance for people using these apps as a means of seeking attention. It is a waste of time and energy that should be spent on helping people who truly need it. It's a waste of time that can be used on conducting studies that benefit the paranormal community. It's also a waste of time from our personal lives that we could be spending with out families and enjoying our down time. It is truly unfair and disrespectful to the people who dedicate their time to help others.