I can see your point. I've seen many male photographer who are gear addicted and kinda nerdy overall. Its like the stereotype of some pc nerd having not much friends (only online) and enjoying his technical know how. But when it comes to human interaction...well.
Could also explain all the "wows" for the stranger projects on photography boards. Photographers who are brave enough to talk to people if they can take a pic are somewhat super respected on here, as if they have superman skills.
Probably is all wrong though, but it's a funny impression