I play electric, among other instruments (drums, bass, and keyboards).
be easier to play, but not everyone plays thin strings; some jazz players prefer thicker strings than you’d find on most acoustics.
But to me, the whole experience of electric vs. acoustic is different. I don’t play the same music on both, and I don’t play the same way
on both. (I rarely fingerpick on electric.) And I never use effects on acoustic, whereas I really enjoy some compression on electric (if not also overdrive, delay, and a chorus).
If you’d like a kind of crossover instrument—without spending a lot—I’d recommend an Epiphone Casino. It’s a semi-hollowbody electric that still has some volume if played acoustically, but its P90 pickups also sound terrific when overdriven through an amp. (The Beatles’ “Revolution.”)
To me, you match the guitar to the style of music you want to play. And if you want to play various styles, then you just need more guitars.
One note, though: No matter what kind of guitar you want to play, you will
need to build up calluses. There’s no getting around that. But also note that some acoustics are easier to play than others. My Taylor, for example, has fairly low action, so it’s actually a bit easier to play than either my Gibson or Martin. It definitely helps to try a range of instruments—even if they’re all the same model—before making a purchase.