No, it's really, really not. HTG itself just had a rather interesting article on the danger of programs that, for one reason or another, suddenly go from being "free" to suddenly being used as what can only be called advertising (or, God save us, "tool bar") spambots. Beyond that, my own experience is that every program occasionally has an update that causes more problems than it solves--not only to the program itself, but, in some cases, to other programs on the computer. Thankfully, the latter usually only occurs with Windows updates.
I, therefore, prefer to have the option of looking over changes and making my own decision to update--or not--as I see fit. And if I have my druthers, I prefer to download the new version, then add it, so that, if I load and hate it for one reason or another, I can simply uninstall it and go back to the previous version, instead of having to travel all over Hell and the web to find it--or hope OldApps.com has it.
Or, said another way, "Never try anything new. Let someone else try it first, and see if it kills them."