I was already slowly leaving, because, of the lack of love and the rampant hypocrisy.
So, what did the Net do to influence me ? :
When I first came here...I was just experiencing 'non-official' shunning from the JW side (whodda thunk it!) of my family.
I had been getting weaker over the years over many JW issues...to the point my then, Uber Dub wife, declared me a "spiritual danger" to our family. Eventually she got a "unscriptural' civil divorce...leaving me in a bad situation of "never being free to remarry'.
5 year past and I did get remarried. Not one JW came to my wedding and the 'marked' shunning started...they just knew I would be DF for "adultery" ! They also disapproved my marrying an "unbeliever"...you know...a "non dub".
The Internet was the only place I *could* go to get answers. I was trying to find other JW's that might know of others who had gone thru my very unique situation. The WT Official Site was absolutely useless, as they do not allow any discussion, it's just a 'do as we tell you' type website. No big surprise there, huh ?
Anyway, when I found JWD (thanks to Megadude !) I found out my situation was not unique -- at all ! I read SO many sad stories about situations like mine and like many, many, many other situations I had seen during my 35 years in JW Land.
I never really knew where Ex-JW's went...I assumed, like we were taught, they were either dead, drug addicts, alcoholics, murderers, rapists and even -- voters !
Another thing about the Internet is ...I finally learned the REAL truth about the WTS blood transfusion & organ transplant doctrines. My Mom died over the blood issue and I was shocked to find out what a deadly doctrine it is. Too many of us here have lost loved ones to that murderous belief.
Sadly, I was not alone in that subject either.
So, for me, the Internet CEMENTED in my mind just how wrong and dangerous being a Jehovah's Witness can be. I was already on my way out and learning what I did about the WTS on the Internet was like flooring the gas pedal in a Ferrari, compared to driving a bus. I got to my destination much faster.
Thank you Al Gore !