I try to get my family to stop using gmail, and instead use a local mail program which they can then use for end to end encryption, private non-cloud storage of their old emails, etc, but they don't want to bother.
People have always been like this as long as civilization has been around. Some people fully understand a technology and take the details of it into their own hands, while others are more comfortable with someone else providing the expertise. Take your argument above and say:
I try to get my family to stop using [the local mechanic], and instead use a [wrench from the garage] which they can then use for end to end [repair of their car, maintenance of essential parts, and general peace of mind for their family members that ride in the vehicle], but they don't want to bother.
While this type of behavior has always been around, but we have yet to have it applied so forcefully to information. Therefore, I think to properly address the problem you have to see that this is not unique to mankind. The unique element, however, is the topic that these people are choosing not to gain deeper understanding of.
A few months ago - when all of this was starting - I read a comment here on Slashdot about how the only thing holding back this sort of NSA spying over the last two hundred years is technology - not the Constitution. We are now only at a point that technology is beginning to no longer be the barrier to this type of activity, and we will have to see how these enabling technologies apply to the Constitution. Viewing the problem from it's root cause (not a unique case of people being "lazy") is the first step in the right direction.