How important is APM?

also of note: the pros have a bunch of actions that do nothing, thats just for them to max their awareness of the match, its not really that useful in practice, but they do it cuz they’re often not comfortable playing at lower apm
a normal person just spams the last notification hotkey every time nothing else is happening, i sure do, when something happens, you know asap

Side note: You have to differentiate between APM and eAPM. The latter ignores multiple button mashings and only really includes actions related to the game.