the better question is why do YOU care that WE care?
to answer the age thing - i think it’s that older people (meaning not teens/preteens) have had a little more time on this earth and aren’t as susceptible to the heavy marketing/media push (i.e., we see that harry’s media portrayal doesn’t match with who harry seems to actually be as a person - manwhore vs. guy who tries very hard to respect women)…and we have probably had a few more relationships under our belts and look at the Louis/Eleanor thing and say - wtf - these people have zero chemistry or even interest (whereas the younger elounor shippers see heart eyes where there are none simply because they’ve been told by the media that elounor is together).
it’s interesting to me because I’ve lived through the boyband era of the 80s/90s and got to see Lance Bass and Ricky Martin come out. It’s interesting to me because there is so much shady stuff going on with this band - it’s fascinating. They try so hard to push certain images even though they contradict what is right there in front of everyone.
As a gay person, I care because I hate that 1DHQ pushes the “gay = bad” so hard that they pit fans against each other. I’ve seen some serious bullying in this fandom purely based on a belief that two people might be together - it’s been actively pushed by the media and 1DHQ even with no regard that you’re dealing with younger fans who might not handle the bullying as well as someone my age. It’s a huge case of “methinks thou doth protest too much”. Whether H+L are really together - only they know for sure…but there are some serious shady goings on.
The irony is us older larry people actually have “less” investment in whether louis/harry are truly gay….we KNOW we’ll never marry them one day. The ones who are the MOST invested are the kiddies who actually think they have a chance with L/H and are willing to shout down anyone who thinks different.