Because of an over-emphasis in some circles on abs over anything else and because of silly divisions like 'powerlifter versus bodybuilder', people have forgotten that the key in all cases is to get stronger and bigger, because you can't be either without those two.
Instead of getting any appreciable size, kids who look up to bodybuilders anymore stay small, stay ultra-lean, and think they can take close-up shots of their arms to make themselves look huge. There isn't any way to make a 13" arm look big in person.
There is a difference between looking big and being big. And the level of leanness seen in pictures around the net isn't a livable level for 98% of people. Kids need to focus on building mass and then chiseling down. You can build a rock if you want, as long as you know you'll be a pebble when you chisel. Old-school lifters built boulders, then came out look like the Statue of David. That's what being lost nowadays.
I don't think we do anyone any favors by promoting unrealistic expectations. I see this thread and the posts within as trying to be more realistic.
Complication makes it easy to explain failure.