@mrbojangles25: I do love cooking actually. A lot.
Its just what someone finds practical. Some prefer having a machine do the work. But I find it complicates things a lot, more than it simplifies them (especially handling while adding ingredients, cleaning up etc). My own mistake was buying one with a metal mixing bowl. It makes meringue whipping easier but it makes it almost impossible to cream butter because of the cold surface.
Its only necessary in certain things such as whipping meringue or cream without too much splashing (a hand mixer splashes a lot), or recipes where you have to "bloom" the batter with boiling water for better consistency especially for layer cakes.