Eh, I'm 47 and been playing since I was 12. Was there for the birth of online on pc, Xbox live etc etc... Sometimes you find great people, which makes it an amazing experience.
Nowadays I play single player almost exclusively as I can't be bothered with all the trash.
I stick to Neogaf for news as it's pretty well managed. Even then I mainly just lurk.
Hey ho, just the way it is I guess. I don't really feel bad about it.
I feel bad for my kids who play crappy games on their tablets and think its perfectly fine to spend half there time watching ads every few minutes. Glad I was around before that phenomenon.