First off, we are talking about manual transmissions....I agree that the rest of the car is mostly electronics.
Not sure if I'm showing my age, but IMO, most young drivers are lazy or have not learned how to drive a manual trans. It may be the "I'm Entitled to EVERYTHING in the World" attitude, that includes driving in traffic with 2 pedals. STOP n GO, STOP n GO, STOP n GO. Not much to think about or work at and not too complicated.
To be honest, yes, I am kinda lazy, although I do not have an "I deserve everything" attitude. But at the same time, I much prefer to have the options of choosing between auto and manual. Auto when the traffic is bad or I just feel lazy, manual if I want to have fun. Best of the two worlds.
That said, I will see if I can score a deal on a crappy old manual car to learn how to drive a real manual car. Good life skill to have IMO.
I do want to emphasize on what I said before, though:
And good luck finding a used stick shift car. And even better luck finding one that's not abused so you don't have to replace the clutch soon.
I would assume you bought your car new, but if you go to any dealerships, you would probably notice the pathetic number of used stick shift cars there. It's not even technically right to say "standard transmission" anymore because you can't have a standard that's less than 5%
of the population. When I was looking at my Accord, all the other Accords around me are all auto shifters. The only one that's not is a 2015 6/6 that costs twice
of my 8th Gen V6 5AT. Not gonna happen. And most people drive manual cars like spirited driving, so they can all end up in pretty bad shape, too. They just sell them and let the new owner deal with an almost dead clutch.
While I would like to learn it, I would probably figure out what I actually want and not regret after learning how to drive a manual car and living with one for a little bit, rather than making decisions based on my emotions. I don't think judging everyone based on your need is exactly fair because their needs can be different. Maybe OP shares his/her car with someone who can't be bothered to drive a manual, maybe OP lives somewhere with bad traffic. Even if they are lazy, I wouldn't judge it. Everyone has their stories.
My first car!
2008 Honda Accord Coupé EX-L V6 w/Navi 5AT+VCM PMM
Mods and such things:
AFE Pro Dry S drop-in filter
HFP body kit
RGR-16D HFP Alloy Wheels
i-VTEC & 3.5 stickers(+10 HP each)(JKLOL)
High and Low beams - Philips CrystalVision Ultra
Front turn signals - HV 6000K white/amber switchback
Rear lights - Philips Vision LEDs
Crosstour shift knob
OEM footwell lights
1999 Toyota Corolla CE 5MT
(bone stock, learning stick on this one)