I would say that in the 90s and early 00s, when we existed in what amounted to a Word vs. TeX dichotomy as regards scientific authoring, LaTex (or TeX) was obviously preferable in spite of its steep learning curve. However, things have moved on since then, and between these two extremes, various alternatives have come to fruition. There are several word processors aimed at academics that are far easier to master (., Mellel for Mac) and apps that offer similar or even better authorship capabilities (., Scrivener, Ulysses). To be honest, if you're not working in a field like mathematics or physics, it pays to scout for alterhatives that are easier to master and more flexible. You might still end up with LaTeX, of course.