It obviously distracts people from actually playing the game and interacting with other players. I've been changing sessions and hosting deatmatches and races for the past 30 minutes hoping to find some players, but no luck.
And I have absolutely no idea what most of the players see in cruising around the city. I suppose it's fun in the beginning, even though we all explored the map in singleplayer, but I'm talking about sessions that are filled with 60+ ranks. What keeps these players just screwing around? Robbing stores and selling cars gets old really fast, nobody does impromptu races and most of the players are not even killing each other.
I have also tried joining jobs, but appereantly there are no games to be found for deatmatch on the maps I enjoy, and races are usually set to 1 lap.
So really, what's the appeal of free roam in online?