I agree. How many people in their twenties can afford a house of their own now that the easy money days are long gone and most are putting off marriage until their thirties. It certainly is not like the 1950's when my parents were married at 21 and 22.
From my QRZ bio I wrote:
"No doubt the hobby helped me out quite a bit at school. I had to be one of the best informed High School students even as a freshman. Shortwave radio was a Geography, History, Current Events, and Technology class all rolled into one little ball."
I worked a station from Baffin Island on 10 meters yesterday which is rare because it is Zone 2 and we are close but we were both 40 over due to some abnormal propagation. VY0HL had some photos of wildlife on his site which were absolutely stunning. We have much in common with shared interests in Geography and Wildlife. I really enjoy seeing the pictures of various birds alien to my location in New England. I used to have several feeders in the backyard but I was more often feeding squirrels than birds so I stopped after a few years.
One can really learn a lot about many topics through SWLing and Ham Radio but I think what has always got people into the hobby is the "Magic of Radio." I have been listening to the HF bands for over 40 years now and I'm still amazed when I hear a signal from the opposite side of the globe.
I forgot to mention "the magic of radio." This is important for me too, it is why I started MW DXing and SWLing as a teen. I still like to MW DX/SWL on occasion, and will frequently take a crappy AM/SW radio with me into the garage when it is warm outside while I'm tinkering around at night, just so I can hear things from a far off place.