Yes, this tendency is there. The more the newbie is not aware of the changes in perspective. Did some tests on my own, comparable to those to be seen on many websites: same object, same size in frame, different focal length. It's really an eye opener and helps to watch out for that when using zoom. Should be done by everybody instead of just reading. Now sometimes I rather use 'leg zoom' than 'lens zoom' just to achieve the perspective I want, although I have a zoom lens.
But I also noticed a lot of details when browsing through results after a day out .. and LR showed me not only "17mm" but also I saw the distortions in perspective. So it comes together here.
TS, nice article.
Any reason why your prime lens recommendations for wide lenses stop at 20-24mm?