Yes, some of today's technology is great. Cars now go 200,000 to 400,000 miles, and are the safest cars there ever has been. I do miss being able to fix them myself, I have a '95 Buick Regal 3.8 V6 that takes 2 hours to get the battery out of. It's mounted behind the bumper! And, if an older car broke down, the odds were good that it would still run enough to get it home. Now, if they go on the fritz, you got to have them towed. The whole system shuts down!
And, this hobby is mainly for the older folks. The youth is involved but not in the numbers that there used to be. We have a small model club in northern Ky. We get a young person interested, but its only temporary. There are too many distractions nowdays to keep the young people involved, and, with the cost of living, they just do not have the money available to have a extensive, involved hobby.
I really miss being able to work on them too, Ronnie. I used to do most everything myself on my vehicles when they needed to be fixed. I've done many motor swaps and other major work that needed to be done, in the past. Now you can do very little. My health wouldn't allow me to crawl under them like I used to, but I could still fix things under the hood if it was do-able. Nowdays if you try to do more than change the air filter, you are asking for problems. Sometimes even THAT is a pain! You can't hardly get to anything under the hood anymore.
Yes it's sad that the youth of today doesn't get more interested. Like you said, they have way too many distractions nowdays. And as Mark referred to, a lot of the cars now are just not that interesting. What gets recogonized the most? You guessed it......Mustangs, Camaros, and Challengers.The Vettes still get some too. Yes the sad fact that the cost of kits and paint now, probably have some bearing on it also. As you said, a lot of them just simply can't afford it. Although they sure seem to keep getting their cell phones and video games with no problem? Hmmmmm......??