If it makes you feel any better @crispydoc, I have had similar discussions with my husband. I was part of an online trading group for a few years and got invited to a retirement party for one of the members. When I proposed that we go, he thought I was crazy After thinking about it, I came to the conclusion that my husband is WAY more extroverted than I am. Thank goodness because he gets me off of forums and out of the house.
In our case, it is difficult for him to understand how I can form rich relationships with people I haven’t met in real life, but it’s one of the things I like about the internet: it allows us to enjoy communities of people with similar interests but without the social awkwardness. My hubby eventually came around when I explained what the trading community meant to me. Glad you can look at it with some humor. It’s one of the secrets of a good marriage!