Looking for the First Contact Paranoia Theory to be explained? It might result in some sleepless nights…

A TikTok user who introduced the masses to the Lucky Boy Theory last month is back to spook with the First Contact Paranoia Theory. You may have heard of ‘first contact’ as a concept, thanks to its prevalence in sci-fi movies such as Arrival and Nope. But the paranoia that comes with it? This is a newer take on an established line of thought.

If you’re looking for answers about the theory, then you’ve come to the right place. The Focus unpacks the First Contact Paranoia Theory and delves into other ideas about potential human and alien interaction.

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New theory takes over TikTok

The original video discussing the First Contact Paranoia Theory was posted to TikTok on December 11, 2022. It quickly went viral, racking up over 890,000 views and 124,000 likes in one day. These figures are correct as of publication date.

In the First Contact Paranoia Theory video, we see the TikTok user request: “Yo I need a concept that’s realistic and that’ll scare the sh*t outta me.” The clip then cuts to a man dressed in a black hood who presents “First Contact Paranoia” as the answer to the TikTokkers request.

The TikTok user who shares these theories often reposts ones, such as the Lucky Boy Theory, that seem rather fantastical rather than realistic. This video presents viewers with one of the creepiest conspiracy theories that seems to have more grounding in real life.

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The First Contact Paranoia Theory explained

In the comments section, the TikTok user who posted the original video explained the First Contact Paranoia Theory.

“In the event that a first contact with Aliens is successful, regardless of the intent of the highly advanced alien species, humans will likely live in paranoia knowing they are eons above us in technology and are a constant potential threat to our existence,” they explain.

It continues: “This will cause a widespread global paranoia. This could either lead to us try to fight them, or us worshiping them.”

First Contact Paranoia has some reflecting on alien theories

While it may be your first time hearing of the First Contact Paranoia Theory, it closely resembles a number of other established conspiracy theories about the fate of humanity in the wider universe. The TikTok video has a number of users sharing the theories, notably about aliens, which are haunting them. One such example is the Black Forest Theory.

The Drake equation calculates the number of alien civilizations that the galaxy should have, based on factors such as the number of stars, planets, and the variables to sustain life. What the Drake equation has revealed is that there should be around 20 civilizations in our galaxy. But why haven’t we discovered them yet? This is what the Fermi paradox asks. This paradox asks us where the aliens are if the cosmos should be filled with them. The Dark Forest Theory was then put forth, in turn, suggesting that the aliens don’t want to be found, that they are purposefully keeping themselves hidden. As one TikTok commenter stated of this theory: “We’re not alone but everyone else is quiet as they don’t want to die… but we’ve been loud.”

This theory is laid out in Liu Cixin’s sci-fi novel, The Dark Forest. Second in a series of books, The Dark Forest revolves around questions on how to interact with hostile alien lifeforms.

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Why haven’t we had alien contact?

This is one of the questions which has stumped scientists for decades. As you learn of ideas such as the Dark Forest Theory, or even the First Contact Paranoia Theory, you might start worrying about what will happen if humans are to make contact with aliens.

The search for extraterrestrial intelligence has been going on for 60 years, according to the New Scientist. However, they have yet to find success.

Jill Tarter, co-founder of the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) in 1960 alongside Frank Drake (of the Drake equation), has a reason why. Tarter argues that six decades is not long enough to have made progress. She uses the ocean as a metaphor for the vastness of the universe. “When SETI turned 50, we had explored one glass of water from that ocean. By the time it turned 60 it was more like a small hot tub,” Tarter says. “It’s getting better and faster all the time, but there’s a lot more to explore.”

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