You sound like an old fogy!! And being an old fogy myself I’m enjoying the company!! Welcome to the club!!
Seriously I have no clue why younger people harbor most of their preferences. You just have to accept it, roll with the punches, move on, and respect ability to start your air fryer while you’re still at the office.
All of that said, Wi-Fi connected air fryers are expensive. This is by far the least expensive one I was able to find.
And, yes, there ARE other Wi-Fi connected air fryers out there.
Somebody must be buying them!!