This thread has had me ask myself some fundamental questions and answer them.
Q: what do I think is a better thing - more people or less people in the outdoors?
A: I'd be selfish if I said less. I think more people, or a greater percentage of the population, getting outside is a good thing.
I never met anyone who went backcountry camping and upon arrival to the campsite was delighted and overwhelmed by joy seeing dozens of other tents at the site.
You are the first one.
This is the whole point of outdoors: to escape people, city, and other day to day nonsense.