In a civilized nation, we think of using the proper utensils when we eat and a fork is usually given preference over spoons and knives. So we make ourselves miserable using a fork to eat peas,for example. If we were more practical, we'd use spoons and even flatbread in some cases as many cultures do.
No, I do not believe that forks are overrated in Western society. Forks are to Westerners as chopstick or soup spoons are to Asian cultures. Every culture and society has their own preferred choice in dining utensils. If I were to say that forks specifically are overrated, I would also have to say in congruency that other popular tools used for the consumption of edibles would be overrated as well.