Now lets look at the words you chose,
Hunt - to search for something
Research which falls back to the word search - an effort to find or discover something
You can use the terminology of your choice. Thats why it is called a choice. Now I do agree with what you are saying though.
The terminlogy will be dependent upon who you are talking to. If you use the words "paranormal investigator" you will confuse or scare off some. If you use the words "ghost hunter" you still confront the same situation. I refer to myself as a paranormal investigator, I am seeking the truth of what is there and seek the evidence to prove it.
The thrill seeker I have no use for and will avoid at all cost. I won't squabble over terminology. You are a house wife or a domestic engineer. You are a custodian or a janitor. You are a mechanic or an automotive technician. You can't class one above or better than the other because of terminology. You are a ghost hunter or a paranormal researcher, in the end what is the difference as long as you are not a thrill seeker. Now lets be honest for a sec, you wouldnt be in this field unless you got a thrill or adrenaline rush or some kind of pleasure out of it now would you?
Seems to me there are a great number of people or groups in this field, some seem to fear that other teams are getting too much attention. I think, and I am sure you agree, that because of what we all are doing, we should be supporting each other and sharing information, asset is for the greater good, and not about the team that finds evidence or what we call ourselves. Keep up the good work is my support to all Paranormal Investigators, nomatter what you call yourselves!!! We should all be working together for the greater good but until that day comes we will just continue doing what we do and see where we end up!!!
As for me, I moved to New York in 1990 and became interested in the paranormal after personal experiences of my own. That interest grew and has lead me to do some amateur investigating on my own. One thing you will find as an amateur investigator is that you cannot gain access to many places on your own. This is where becoming part of a credible organization comes in handy. when I became aware of the East Coast Paranormal Investigation Team (ECPIT) It was then I decided that my ultimate goal would be to become part of this team. Now after becoming a new member, "I can only give my special thanks to the ECPIT family for giving me this great opportunity.
It is an adrenaline rush working in this field & I'm hooked, I admit it, I can't get enough, I get excited whenever I come in contact with any paranormal activity, I want to capture all the evidence I can get!