Personally, I also don't like or use auto-updating for nearly all the software on my system, though I make the single exception for signature auto-updating of my anti-malware even though that carries its own set of risks.
Hence my cautionary words: update-blocking is best done only by knowledgeable users who take the necessary extra pains to compensate for that action; it's not the best choice for the casual or 'un-engaged' user.
Fully agree with you. Same here. In my case after being in the IT business for 45 years, I think I'm engaged enough.