Too look at it a different way... If I see the benefit of & would like to make a change, actually making the change competes with all of my priorities. I'm under the impression that Python is used by many people who use reliable things with APIs that don't change often (I mainly of thinking of Bash & some Posix OS). I can see why they wouldn't be fans of making changes.
Personally I like using newer things, all other things being equal. That's mostly because it's easier to chat about recent stuff with people learning the same lessons I'm learning. Almost every time I ask a C/Bash/*NIX question on a Stack Exchange site, the question gets marked as a duplicate, links to a question with answers I had already, but failed to understand. That happens much less when inquiring on newer topics.