So funny! As I read the previous responses, it is apparent that when we are younger we usually like to ride the coasters. Then they are fun, deliciously risky, and exciting. Definitely stimulates the adrenaline! However, somewhere, as you age, things change. Your perception of the risk as a delicious excitement changes to a list of all the things that can go wrong on such a ride. You decide you would rather take your risks where you might be able to control them better. And you can control whether you get on that coaster...or not!
I'm going to agree with you to a point, but at the same time, I am the exception to your rule.
I was late into my high school years before I rode my first rollercoaster (so still young by any standards) and I loved it. While not 'old' by many standards - I suppose it depends on the perspective of the person. I'm not yet 50, but it's approaching rapidly and I've been riding rollercoasters off and on for over 30 years now. And I have to say that I enjoy them more now than I ever did at 18!
I have to also say that I feel much safer
on a rollercoaster than driving down the highway. I know that is comparing apples to oranges, but it is true. With all of the safety inspections and safety equipment involved on the typical rollercoaster and the daily inspections that take place, the number of things that can go wrong on my car speeding down the road far outnumber the number of things that can go wrong on that coaster. Yes things can still go wrong, but they don't very often and when they do it is usually (not always but usually) because someone chooses to ignore the safety directions and does something foolish. While on the highway, I also have no control over all those other drivers around me.
I have no criticisms of those who are afraid of coasters or unwilling to take those 'risks'. My wife is scared to death of them and will only ride the tamest of the tame. But I hope to still be riding them when I am 80 and although I am in no rush to get there, I am excited to see what new and improved designs and layouts are in store 30 years down the road!
Getting psyched up for opening day in just over a month! Any fellow coaster nuts out there = you must
get to Ohio and ride Steel Vengeance! I'll try to save a spot in line for ya if you let me know when you're coming!