If there is a hurry to solve some important problem, then we'll use the quickest methods at hand--we don't have the time to waste on developing fancy methods. But if it's something that nobody cares about . . . well, then we can put in the effort to really do a good job!
In the long run, these new methods we develop can become the quick methods for the important problems of the future, but meanwhile we often see cutting-edge applied statistical research on problems that are of little urgency.