Maybe, unlike Old Economy Steve, the Kids Today just have it too soft. But if your memories of your harsh youth involve occasionally helping pop change the oil (this is, actually, an occasional task), or transporting a bit of wood (did no one think to buy a wheelbarrow? sad!), then I do not think these brief disruptions to your Dungeon Mastering were really that big of a deal. Or, perhaps they were to 15-year-old you, which is really the point.
As for the why The Kids Today are how they are? Soft nerds and geeks being popular? Glee. Fuck you, Glee.