People who knows me, knows also that I am an forever adventurer. At least used to spend 3/4 of my time in wilderness for years.
During every travel, I used to meeting new players. If I had no more important things to go after, I tend to talk to new people and help them for a day or two. Making some tools, gathering as much resources as i could in several hours. Explaining things... but also there were situations when i decided to stay longer at newbies places. Protecting them and fencing till they could fight bears on their own or decide to build towers. Just like you said, if youre a new player, you might find a lot of interactions, from just a talk to even unexpected help, visitors.
Thing is, in past few months i've met only 2 or 3 random new players on my ways. While not long ago Ive seen them on almost every journey.
Maybe i got unlucky, maybe not. In fact i don't believe in luck or lack of luck. Only analyze what i see.