I was raised in the organization. I stopped going 6 months ago and dissassociated myself "officially" last week.
What year Did you Stop Attending Meetings - How Long were you a JW ?
Was born into this, from birth to age 25. Stayed in it until 1991. Heard there was a big scandal in the cong. after I left: several affairs going on, drugs, beer parties. Sheesh. Much happier chanting Sanskrit mantras.
Stop going on a regular basis wow...2007 ?? Last District Convention 2001. I'd tell my mom I sat somewhere in the Astrodome and she believed it. I go every now and then to appease her. This past memorial was my first since 2005
Oh...and I certainly don't miss working ALL day and then busting ass home to run to a meeting. That rat race sucked bigtime now that I look back. BUT.... I was trying SO HARD to be a good brother and eventual MS.
Been working all night last night. If more want to reply on this I'll update the latest stats later today on what years you all exited and how many years you were in the witnesses. Should be interesting
Nice thread. Apparently, the light is getting brighter!
Baptized '76, made carefully planned exit in '03. Was an active dub for 28 years.
My wife would like to turn in her time, too: Baptized '74, left when I did, dub for almost 30 years.
O.K. As of the current posters that responded - here are the dates you all exited , and how many of you exited after 50 years in the witnesses, 40 years, 30 years --- and so forth. Enjoy the statistics , it's interesting.
50 or more years in the witnesses - 4 people exited
40 or more years in the witnesses - 10 people exited
30 or more years in the witnesses - 21 people exited
20 or more years in the witnesses - 40 people exited
10 or more years in the witnesses - 24 people exited
5 or more years in the witnesses - 3 people exited
0-4 years in the witnesses - 1 person exited
Here are the years you exited - and how many exited in that particular year
2010 - 3 people
2009 - 11 people
2008 - 10 people
2007 - 9 people
2006 - 10 people
2005 - 7 people
2004 - 3 people
2003 - 3 people
2002 - 4 people
2001 - 4 people
2000 - 3 people
1998 - 2 people
1997 - 4 people
1996 - 2 people
1995 - 2 people
1994 - 2 people
1993 - 6 people
1992 - 1 person
1991 - 1 person
1990 - 1 person
1989 - 1 person
1988 - 2 people
1987 - 1 person
1986 - 1 person
1985 - 1 person
1984 - 3 people
1983 - 2 people
1982 - 1 person
1980 - 2 people
1978 - 2 people
1976 - 1 person
1973 - 1 person
Interesting stats. Something I take away from these statistics is many of you left the JW cult between 10 - 30 years after having been in. Most people don't exit the cult if they have 40 or more years invested. And newbie witnesses with only 1 - 5 years in the cult are still in the honeymoon phase so stay in the cult. It seems that once a person has been in it quite awhile - the injustices crop up and they see through the false doctrines and expectations.
Also - I truly believe that once we entered into the 21st century - many people started disbelieving the " generation " theory and said " To hell with this crap , I'm going to go live my life - not waste it. " Just my 2 cents. As always - I welcome your comments
Interesting stats, flipper. It appears the shelf life of a dub is about 10 years; after that, thinking sets in.
Also, I note 1 person left in 1973 but 11 bailed out in 2009. Does that fulfill the "little one has become a thousand" scripture? I guess it does if we say so.
Began studying late 1971; baptized summer 1973. Left and DA'd autumn 1995.
I left as soon as I safely could- 1988 at the age of 20. I was virtually 'born in' to the Borg.What a horrible thing to happen to a child! I thought either there was no god; or if there was one he didn't like me, so I had nothing to lose by 'fading'. Never baptized, thank god. Or whoever you are...