That's an interesting read.
This statement would seem to provide some useful insight -
It's my interest and I do enjoy it but I don't go to the big trade shows and would never join a club or society; my perception is that they are mainly full of people my parents' age, are a bit nerdy and I don't want to be viewed that way. Because I don't know any anyone else my age doing this, it's a hobby that I do very much alone.
Its an interesting point of view. I joined the APS when I was 25. It didn't bother me at all to be corresponding with people older than me. In fact, I liked that, because I've always known that I could learn from my elders - and believe me, I did. I guess that makes me a nerd.