I am really annoyed by “stick snobs” – those people who have manual transmission cars and just can’t shut up about it. I really don’t give a toss, but they blather on and on about how you aren’t really driving if you drive an automatic and look down their stick-loving noses at you. Shut the fuck up.
So far as I am concerned, manual transmission is an obsolete technology, like manual steering, manual choke, carburetors, and crank starters. I don’t need it; I don’t want to worry about it. So shut up about how great it is, what “control” it gives you. Just shut up.
With current automatic transmission technology, manual shift doesn’t even give you an advantage in fuel economy. It’s just bloody macho posturing.
Plus, hyaving a stupid manual transmission just places an unnecessary obstacle in front of learners.