@eosresurfaces, I agree it sucks. There is a workaround. No one knows how long that workaround will work. Staff could close that hole tomorrow, next week or never. That is the chance you take. I wish there was a clean, easy opt out and many of us argued passionately for that, but as you can see, our arguments were deemed insufficient.
I would suggest self-hosting a wordpress installation, but if you are not technically able to change themes and add a widget then self-hosting is not an option for you.
If you are unwilling to try the workaround then you either have to live with infinite scrolling (perhaps put a read more tag after an image or two in each post to speed up page loading) or you will have to find another platform to blog on. Not being cruel or snarky here, just telling you the truth.
The likelihood of AutoMATTic giving a clean opt out option is virtually zero.