Some people complain that Perl is a loose language and it's chaotic. There are too many ways to do a single thing.
But that's exactly what is so good about Perl. Larry Wall explains Perl that it is meant to evolve like a language and like language you can express the same meaning in many different ways. So what people are complaining about is exactly what Perl is asking you to excel in. Do it anyway you like - that's what Perl is saying.
Ideally that's what you should be doing. You should really be talking with your computer. Instead of treating it strictly like a beast without a soul, you should talk to it. You should use a language that is rich and unobstrusive, that is evolving and polite. A language which you can use as poetry or to decree a judgment. That's how Perl fits in. It's a tool that I use to talk to my computer. I can talk to my computer more naturally in Perl than any other language. So why wouldn't I use it?
I don't need statistics to confirm if I should be using Perl. That "Ma wide" grin is naturally inherent when you really use Perl.