I can say this, I am 34, and have been working my tail off since I started working at 15 years old.
I have lived on my own since late 16 years old, paying rent. Long story all that is.
I got into sailing after almost getting killed being struck by lightning. I worked for that marina almost 20 years, and didnt start sailing till the last few years. Why? Well, it is kinda expensive to have a boat, but in all reality, it is relative to what ever one is interested in overall.
Most guys my age here are drinking their money away, or drugs. They dont have the motivation to do things and maintain it.
Recently I have been going through some issues relating to the boat we own. We have it up for sale, but I really hate to sell it off cause it is truly enjoyable to sail. But, WE just dont have the time, our jobs feel like they own us, and frankly, it seems like they do. Working around 60 to 70 hours a week, salary, not including drive time is getting tiresome.
I was lucky enough to pick up a new hobby, which luckily doesnt have the same setup time as sailing. This has helped get me by the stress loads and such, but nothing compares to sailing in my eyes........ Oh, and I drink a lot more too, which doesnt seem to make the problems go away, but makes my brain stop for short bursts.
So where are all the young people at? Well, drinking due to long hours at their jobs, or the kids games, and the fast pace of buy this now lifestyles that dont allow the time it takes to sail, camp, etc.
Just my 2 cents. I am positive there are some other variables to this, but I need to go clean my guns, and my bottle of crown calls my name ever so sweetly, as work is in the horizon where I need to add yet another day to my rotations to prepare for inventory a few weeks away.......... (and by the way, I am able to sleep in my back seat of my car, which is a good thing, cause we work everyday up to inventory soon....)