Because a big chunk of them weren't literate.
That might be a good reason too. Of course we dont know that.
The early church was largely Jewish and they had a high literacy rate.
In any event we are to physically gather. We are not Gnostics, we are corporeal, worship is not simply emotions or intangible thoughts.
While I am all for the use of alternative means as a weak substitute when there is no other choice the mandate from heaven is physical assembly for worship.