I am a new player, still exploring DayZ. Not sure how valid my current view is on this subject.
Sofar i have been playing friendly, scavenging and build a little base. I was 5min away from my base, picking up a generator to come back to my base with broken fences. Turned out it was broken in to. When i compare the difference in time it takes to scavenge and build vs breaking in, it instantly removed my will to explore this aspect of DayZ any further.
So what is left to do? My inventory is full, i have all the guns and ammo i need, enough water and food to keep me alive to run up and down the map a couple of times without stopping anywhere. Just go KOS till someone finally gets me?
If the effort difference between scavenge materials and building bases was on the same level as breaking into a base, i for sure would stay on the friendly/build up style of play. Right now i am really tempted to go the other direction.