If you do get something for free, realize that it may be monetarily free, but you are paying with something else. Social Media is a perfect example of this concept. Everyone uses social media and grumbles at the idea of paying for it, but social media is gathering information on everyone and selling it to the highest bidder. People are paying for the service/app with their privacy. You are their product.
Another thing people seem to want for free is education. YouTube has a wealth of educators, but the quality varies so widely that free isn't necessarily free. Your time has value. Sifting through multitudes of videos with inconsistent content is paying with a large amount of your time. Additionally, the content is reduced to small, random bits. Many get frustrated and want more, or they aren't seeing any improvement in their own work. This is because they are not getting a well-rounded education from short, inconsistent videos.
Photography is not free. With social media and the proliferation of camera on cell phones, the perceived value of photography has diminished. However, when people see a really well executed image, the expect the photographer either has a "good camera" (<sarcasm> because we all know it's the equipment that does all the work, just like a stove cooks and prepares a delicious meal and a guitar plays itself </sarcasm>), the photographer will give them the information and they can go out and photograph the exact same image, or the photographer will gladly just teach them everything they know...for free. To get good at photography, you have to have a lot of dedication, a lot of hours behind the camera, and a style that is all your own. Technique can be learned, but the thought and "eye" behind the camera comes from the photographer. The skill and artistry did not come for free to the photographer. Why do people think photographers should just give it away for free?
Film is not cheap to use. But I buy it and I use it and I develop it (or pay to have it developed, depending upon the film and my darkroom limitations). However, I want film to remain an option. I also want development labs to remain in business. As an artist, I choose film or digital based upon what I want for a final result, the subject I am photographing, and many other variables. There is a cost to keeping film in production. Each frame has a cost. If I need and want to pay for the supplies, why should I give away the image?
Why not shoot digital all the time since it is cheaper? As I explained previously, it depends on the end result that I want and the subject that I am photographing. Also, digital isn't cheap. As I mentioned with wasting time on YouTube videos, culling images costs time. Yes, I treat digital like film and think before I press the shutter so I don't have as many images to cull as a "spray and pray" style of shooting. However, skill, knowledge, talent, don't come free. It all takes time to develop.
I overheard a woman complaining about the fee to enter a park. If the park were free, the cost was taken out of taxes, so it's not free. If there is a fee for the park, it's because there is a cost to maintain and manage the park for each user's enjoyment. If no one paid for the park in one way or another, there would be no public spaces to use and enjoy.
Expecting that anything desired should not cost a penny is selfish. No one is entitled to have everything they want. Nothing in life is free. There is a cost for everything: money, time, personal information, privacy, and etc. Besides, if it's all passed out for free, there is no sense of achievement from working toward a goal. There's no appreciation for the item and it's discarded quickly. It's best to think about what you really want or need, and then work toward that goal. The endless dissatisfaction and constant searching for the "thing" that will bring happiness may fade because happiness comes from within.