This is a view of a ham who hates contesting. If you are an avid contester, please omit reading it.
I used to enjoy contesting in the beginner days in '60s and '80s/ '90s. It was a time for me to test my set up. For a beginner teenager ham with a 6AQ5 TX with ladder line fed dipole, it was a real thrill to work abroad anywhere in contests. Later, I was chasing DX in contests as well as trying to get high score at the same time.
I became to know it had been impossible for me to compete with the big guns in contests. I also lost interests in DXing since it was only a rat race full of trickery. I saw XU8DX, which was operated by a native girl, had been forced to go QRT by a behavior of an undisciplined egoistic DXpeditioner.
At almost the same time, I felt contesting could not be a real origin of our pleasure. In contests, we handle the others as means for our pleasure. Not an objective. The others whom we work in contest could be replaced to anyone. No human relationship with the others. In the real QSO as a communication between humans, the others should be the objective themselves. The others are not replaceable to anyone in that case. The directions which contesters and non contesters are heading to are quite opposite in my view. 180 degrees opposite.
I am sure contesting could be substituted to computer game in the very near future. It is not worthy to have such a big set up for only contesting. Too costly. I am sure young people won't spend much money for that costly humanityless thing any longer. For the past decade, we have lost almost all activities in contesting by university clubs in Japan such as JA7YAA, JR1ZTT, JA9YBA , JA2YKA ans so forth. The last one, JA3YBK, was not heard recently any longer. This loss of activity by young people means that contesting is on the downhill at least in Japan. I am sure those contesters have become computer game freaks.
Any CW clubs need something to attract members to the club. They often give that role to contesting. I am sure it is wrong. It will eventually lessen the other activities in clubs than contesting. I sincerely hope the CW clubs won't be contest oriented.