As a photography newbie I find it interesting that a lot of the recommendations are to go mirrorless. As an engineer, I question that logic. SLRs and DLSRs have been around a lot longer than mirrorless cameras. I think technology can only improve so I would not be inclined to jump into something that new given the price.
I think that each person has their own situation and there have been many takes on the relationship between users and technology. Each person is different, so of course their criteria will reflect that. That is the nature of our diverse society - which is a good thing!