I think they're very valuable. They add value to a meal, in the sense that they are like extensions of your fingers. The fact that they're wooden is tastier and softer on the mouth, and when you master chopsticks you tend to eat more meticulously, slower and smaller bites. You can dip the tips of you chopsticks in sauce, then add that to a mouthful of food that needs more flavor. You can use your chopsticks to also stir as you cook your meal. They're so convenient. You can tie your hair up with them and use them as a weapon. They're also great for undoing tight knots in grocery bags. Chopsticks are the way!