Working under constraints is good. I get that. But it seems like your argument is against a couple jerks you’ve encountered who happened to have expensive cameras simply because they could afford it. You think the same jerks wouldn’t have made you move to snap the shot with their smartphone? It’s not the digital camera’s fault.
I’m sure that when the Kodak Brownie came out there were professional photographers making the same arguments you’re making here today. The fact that digital photography has made a hobby much more accessible to the average person doesn’t mean that the old ways are better. I lived in the age of film photography. While it did force me to carefully consider each shot out of fear that I’d run out of my 36 exposures before the end of the day, what it mainly did was discourage experimentation and stifle spontaneity. Now I shoot anything that interests me, and just cull out the trash photos once I’m home.
Not everyone is taking the same poorly-composed, cookie-cutter travel photos to prove “I was there” and then never looking at them once they get home. Not everyone with a Nikon hanging around their neck can’t tell their $1000 NIKKOR lens from the 1/8" plastic circle on the back of their iPhone. ;)