This is exactly it. Back when I used to read a bunch of paper magazines (car magazines and computer magazines, mainly, but sometimes others), I used to view the ads as part of the appeal of each issue. I wanted to see what was available from whom and for what price!
Somehow, those paper ads that had no ability to spy on me or target anything were more relevant to me than the stuff I used to see on the web when I used to see ads. I went to Youtube once with my adblocker disabled, and I saw an ad for Airbus. I am interested in aviation, so it is possible I was watching aircraft videos when the ad appeared, but that does not mean I am in a position to be buying any multimillion-dollar aircraft (or any other kind of aircraft)!