For the vast majority of people, photography isn't that important beyond documenting their lives. I know many who (when film was the only option) had a P and S 35mm. Often, it would take a year to complete a roll of film. A few shots at a June graduation... a few of their summer vacation... a few of Grandma at Christmas... For them digital makes sense.
For a few, though, photography is an art form... a means of expression... For those in this category, film/darkroom is a tactile event, and the process matters. Their commitment to create a silver gelatin print/alternative print/projection transparency has more to do with the hand-crafted nature of the finished product than anything they can do on a computer. Ease is not part of the equation.
I'd like to think APUG consists of the latter.