Throwing my two cents. Just as @Diversify correctly pointed out, dividends are of no essence to me. I deliberately go with growth, mostly tech biased (about 50% of the portfolio). I was quite surprised to have gained 0.7% yearly dividend yield, expected about 0.
Yet, I am not much into ETFs and mutual funds, simply 100% individual US stocks (excluding my current Freetrade portfolio) by doing my own due diligence and picking. Whilst I am currently beating the benchmark (S&P 500), I am certain that it probably will not be sustainable in long-run. After all, about 90% individuals and institutions fail to outperform the market, and once I realise I am one of those, I will switch 50% MSCI World and 50% S&P 500 ETF forever.
At the moment, I just enjoy the experience of stock picking, which people often tend to do until they realise how ineffective that is. And even having read books and articles about index funds beating almost any investment strategy, I am just one of those stubborn ones that will only believe after failing