Those so obsessed with the lack of youth in amateur radio are probably of our generation. They still relate to the way it was when they were first licensed: in their teens or early 20s. Excitement about science and technology (largely primitive by to-day's standards), spurred by the national panic over Sputnik. They still have that mental image of how amateur radio should be: hordes of teenagers studying for the licence exams and working each other on CW. Fossilised recollections; idealising what it was like in the day, in denial of what it's actually like now. Like that cute girl you had a crush on in high school. Something jogs your memory of her and you immediately see the image as you remember her back then, not the frumpy senior citizen with grey hair, wrinkles and a half dozen grandkids, and who may not be in the best physical and possibly mental health. But there's another side to the story. Many of us who became licensed as adolescents stayed with the hobby for a few years, and then dropped out as life got in the way. Money, university, jobs, courtship, marriage, career, children, mortgage, divorce, etc. Now, it's older people nearing retirement who have the money and leisure time to pursue hobbies like amateur radio. Volunteer examiners report that candidates sitting for the tests are now largely middle aged and older. And you run into a lot of people who say they were licensed as kids but let their ticket expire, and developed a renewed interest in their older years and became re-licensed. So we still have a demographic that stays with amateur radio for a few years and then disappears. They are at the other end of the timeline, and there are not as many.