Okay, here's my theory.
Those who say they love networking events are social networkers who like a butterfly flit from person to person without stopping to really connect. These are the people who also like to partake of all the food and drinks. They may be known as the king(or queen) of networking because they know so many people. A good networking event for them is a fun networking event.
Those who go to networking events because it is good business sense to do so, may not have fun at all. These events may be the ultimate challenge for them. They may be shy or not good at small talk. But when they measure the return on the investment for their time, they say, "I met a very good contact and we talked for quite a long time. We have an appointment to get together next week." Those people stay under the radar that identifies flashy networkers, so they may be unknown in their community. They could be called the networking mole.
Which are you, butterfly or mole? Which do you think is better?