I am hopelessly addicted to the written word, I think its a gift to be able to step into someone's mind for a few minutes, and out of your own. Most people are ,of course, never published, or if they are its just on a very small scale, so to be able to read the thoughts, feelings and experiences of those not often heard is great. Its also a pretty level playing field, no obvious genders, sizes, nationalities or other things that can, for one reason or another, bias an opinion.
I am also a life long horse addict with a non horsey family and friends that try, unsuccessfully, to under stand. After years of not really being able to talk much about what I loved, it was a relief to be able to talk to others who understood.
And lastly a knowledge junky, who loves learning, and the more I learn the more I see I still have to learn. A cycle I'll never get out of. Places like this are treasure troves of information, actual life experiences and people who know so much more than me.
so yes, I am another hopeless adict.