Back when it was just called 'photography', any idiot would have a go in the darkroom without hesitation or fear of ridicule. Since the principals haven't changed in the last 20 years, why has it suddenly become more complicated? That digital is easier hasn't changed the inherent difficulty level of analog photography - easy - as past generations will testify. Yet, there's a certain smugness we all have in thinking film photography is... hard. Why?
Attitude... It's not a question of that things should've become "harder", the "feed me" society we live in has made people lazy and less interested in putting energy into something, "if there's an easy way, go for it, why make life complicated..."
I went from film to digital and back to film. For me, the biggest reason is that I'm maladaptive; I don't like change. As such, I'm always a little self-conscious when I state that I'm "still shooting film", because I'm afraid it makes me sound old-fashioned and behind the times.