It's sort of a political issue, I guess. Where I come from, almost everyone drives automatics, like in the United States. I practiced on a manual, but I haven't driven one for over three years so I probably would have forgotten how to do so.
Starting to get tired of Europeans telling me that 'you're not driving if you're not driving on manual'. :robotsurprised:
In the end, which is better? (safety, efficiency, etc.)