I think forums are a good way of gaining knowledge, and expanding your horizons in the manner of opening oneself to new ideas and opinions. About "no one really gives a hoot". In this commercial world of today, yes, not many will. Most people are busy doing their own thing. I have seen it happen. I enjoyed my youth and my past. It was full of fun, joy and laughter, and the friendships I had were genuine. So yes, at this stage in my life, it can be said, I am lonely but I am happy with not much to worry about except lack of communication sets the ball rolling for dementia and other related issues. So, of course, the forum gets your brain wired and working, in a way.