I have to agree with a lot of the comments on youngsters. I’m one of the few “younger” ones on here, having started the website in 2007 when I was 18.
The hobby was a little more prevalent then, model shops still around and we had Maplin, an electronics shop that sold components, not just ready to run plastic boats.
Unfortunately it’s true that too much time now is spent on computer games and social media. Everyone is becoming shallow, the thirst for attention greater and attention spans weaker. Most people strive for the next endorphin hit, needing to scroll mindlessly and endlessly through thousands of videos, thousands of rose tinted posts of other people’s lives, the pressure to conform is greater and without a hobby or interest, I do think people get deeper and deeper into depression. Their sense of purpose dwindles and they sadly start believing they’ll never be good enough or relevant enough.
It’s a really sad state of affair.
I don’t think our hobby will ever completely disappear though. They’ll always be practically very good people and the average age has stayed reasonably consistent over the last 16 years. Although maybe less people in general. I think a lot of it is about having time back to spend on hobbies too. I couldn’t dedicate hours or days to anything at the moment, life and work is just too busy, but I’d imagine come retirement that’ll change.
Wrong thread for this topic really, but it is an interesting one.