There are several different kinds of kids in this world. There are some kids who are athletic and they like to play sports and run around. There are other types of kids who are more on the artistic side and they like to draw or create music. Then there are the kids who are the curious types. These are the kids who wonder how things work and they like to break things and build them back up again. These are the type of people who get into reverse engineering.
While a lot of people do not see the merits of breaking something to put it back together again, there are a lot that do. These are the people who realize that this is the way that you learn how to truly build something. You cannot go into a classroom and learn everything that you need to know when it comes to building a product. While a classroom is great when it comes to theory, to really know how to build things, you are going to need to be hands on.
Reverse engineering software is the same way. Being able to see how the software interacts with the hardware makes you become a better developer. These days so much of software development is done on a very high level. Not many developers have to learn how to touch the hardware. But if you do learn how, then you will know why the program acts the way that it does. When a problem pops its head up then you will have a broader frame of reference to be able to analyze it. All of these things make you a better developer in the long run.
But reverse engineering software is also just plain fun. You get to go inside the guts of a running program and follow its process. You will see the starts and the stops that it makes and you will get an understanding of why. You will also start to learn why certain security vulnerabilities are worse than others. When you know how a certain function works then you know what part of the hardware it is interacting with and you will be able to stop the bad guys in their tracks.
Reverse engineering is a little bit hard to get into because of the steep learning curve. But once you read and practice for about a month you will be on your way to a new form of computer excitement.