Yup, I took others' advice, that with attention paid to technique, it's possible that a more efficient razor can result in less irritation (fewer passes).All that to say I don't "think" it's peer pressure driving me to a more agressive razor... I believe my experience led me to look for more blade exposure, not nessisarly more agression (huge blade gap, etc...)
I agree that preferences and opinions change! Especially for someone like me who's just starting out.
If it's mild and efficient, it's a bonus of course.
There are many here who trivialize aggressive razors without providing any background however, and this can lead the unsuspecting individual into the deep end of the pool prematurely.