There have been various posts on this topic over the years. The impression I get is there has to be some event or factor that motivates you to begin looking beneath the surface, and quite often that factor has nothing to do with 607BCE, Booze Rutherford or Top Shelf Tony.
As a PIMI JW I hadn’t been happy in the religion for a number of years. Although, I was vaguely aware of dubious nature of date setting it didn’t really phase me. It wasn’t until I started visiting apostate web sites that I fully recognised the implications of an overlapping generation (that’s how asleep I was).
i think the tipping point came with my unhappiness in the religion combined with a question I was asked by a work colleague , on the divorce statistics on various Christian faiths. Researching the literature I could find no statistical information on this subject with the JWs. I remember thinking if we are so good at applying Christian principles then why wouldn’t you want to advertise that fact. Out of frustration of finding nothing on this subject in the literature I was left with no other option but to google it. I realised that I was probably going to be dealing with apostates, but reasoned that I had a genuine question that I wanted answers to, and if wt didn’t want me going to alternative sites then they should of mentioned something in the first place. I sort of wasn’t surprised by what I found from jwfacts. It just saddens me that (well at least from a jw standpoint) that I ended up getting a reasonably truthful answer from a mentally diseased apostate. The issue I had was not so much on divorce itself but on watchtowers transparency and honesty in devolving information. If WT had stated something in their literature on this subject I would of been quite happy with the answer weather it was favourable or unfavourable, to the brand name. If they had of I would quite possibly sitting in the KH today (unhappy perhaps but still sitting there). When I received my answer I remember thinking if Wt is hiding this then what else are they hiding. 18 months latter from this point I physically walked out the door. That was nearly 6 years ago and I have no intention of going back.