ARE tuned in to a different beat than the rset of us.
I read a book written about one Hacker, Barry Mitnick ( I think that is one name I recall ). The book was written about him and not by him. This guys specialty was cell phones and using them to hack into hard wired systems. His methods got complicated and difficult to understand for the non electronic/cyber layman.
The guy wasn't exceptionally gifted or bright but he had a passion. Phone hacking was it. I suppose that a passion like that could be equated to an addiction. I dunno since I don't have any great passion for much of anything, rational or irrational, I really can't understand this guy in that regard. He was eventually caught and went to jail for some time. It's been some time since I read this book and some of the fine details have slipped from memory but I confess I really didn't understand why anyone could be attracted to doing something like hacking into the phone systems except for financial gain. The guy did do some free calling but that really wasn't what drove him. At least he didn't 'fess up to much financial gain.
I personally am not very computer literate, at all. However I do read and have read about the cyber world and some about hackers. It seems that, usually they, the hackers are loners, anti social, mostly young males mostly caucasions working alone. We know some of them through all those " junk e-mail " that is our irritation and their financial gain. Well we really don't know them as people since they are very sophisticated and hide their activities very well, and if caught or near getting caught it is fairly simple to fold up that shop and re-start, somehow fairly fast, or so I understand.
Maybe I'm too old to really understand, or want to understand, why anyone would find some sort of satisfaction or passion doing computer or telephone hacking. But...