...that would mean I would miss far more than I would gain, and anything gained would be far too random to be of daily use. But, this could be generational.
It isn't generational at all. At the end of the noughties, when RSS was still a main content distributor, there have been multiple studies around the topic "how many (daily) authors can one follow without missing out" and the average numbers were between 150-180 (feeds). Of course that tended to also include a certain degree of echo chamber, thus actually even lowering that number when it came to actually reading the published content.