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That do not provide any valuable substance to their real life.
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Your question got me thinking. I wondered why you decided to call the forums "silly" when you are addressing the very members of those forums.
Would you write in the same way if you were asking football players why they were part of a "silly" team, or politicians why they are members of a "silly" parliament, or academics why they visit a "silly" library? I hope not, because I don't think it would be very respectful.
It would be a totally different matter, and much more polite, if you were saying that you, personally, had never seen the sense in playing football, being in politics or using a library - or using a forum - and were now wondering if the members could please explain to you what interests them, in those places.
Also, whether participating in or "loving" a forum does or does not provide any valuable substance to someone's real life... is not a sensible judgement for you to make (except about your self and your own real life, of course). You simply cannot know what forum participation provides, of value, in anyone else's life. Nor can I. Nevertheless I venture to say, based on several in which I read, that some forum posts quite literally save tears, and even save lives, real lives.
You write that English is not your mother tongue. Even so, I would hope that you would not write in the way you have done here, in your mother tongue. Or, if you think it is okay, perhaps you could try posting the same question in a forum in your language, using the same kind of phrasing, and see whether people there feel that it is a fair, reasonable, respectful question directed towards research. I expect not.