Actually my photographs get looked at regularly that is one of the benefits of being a member of a photography club they are judged by independent experts and twice annually the club holds gallery weekends for the local community to view members photographs entered into competitions. I also regularly post to Flickr and get judged so your last point in factually incorrect.
And you think that applies to the images of the majority of entry level photo amateurs, i.e. those who bought the majority of DSLRs (both in numbers and in value) five years ago?
Then go and compare your standard of success ("some dedicated people looked at my images after I promised I'd look at theirs", "I have my own photo stream on one of the world's largest write-only-memory sites") with what was considered success twenty or thirty years ago ("people pester me for photos of last month's event", "friends/family watch slides from last summer", "friends/family have my prints hanging in their homes"). Like it or not - you involuntarily just made my point.