Days of Darkness: How one woman escaped the conspiracy theory trap that has ensnared millions

January 31, 2024

At a scary time, when questions about the virus outnumbered answers, the conspiracy theories filled in some of the blanks. Former believers said conspiracy theories offered them meaning when they felt empty, even if those promises proved to be hollow themselves. “It’s like: My God, I’ve finally found my people!”“I think I got a sense of self-importance” from conspiracy theories, Perez said. The conspiracy theories didn’t do much to help Ramona’s anxiety, but they did offer answers. “That’s just what they’re telling us,” Don told Ramona and his brother.