Nah, it really doesn't. You're playing on the least popular platform for Elite so it's no wonder that it's dead. Open is quite populated on PC and on Xbox and in my 4 years and 3000 hours of playing in open on both platforms, the only time I see a down tick in player population is when the devs introduce something that drives players away from the game, like the recent mining nerf.
On the other hand, if a player gets so upset at dying from another player that they flee to solo or PG, than that player probably shouldn't be playing in open to begin with.
Its very easy to survive and escape a gank, even in an unengineered ship.
Ganking is a legitimate part of the game whether you like it or not and gankers themselves are actually some of the most helpful players in the game. I personally run a crew of about 20 gankers that teach players how to survive a gank and almost every group and discord made to help new players, is run by gankers.
I'll start by saying not all gankers are created equal, but generally, whether you like me saying so or not, ganking is destructive towards the game community. Most of them are toxic bullies who spew all sorts of vile crap via comms whilst utilising crimes on where it suits them, such as switching to them near a station just to troll someone, or flocking in wings to hammer a target then fleeing when alone, which just lends to the experience of a really tedious affair when the only people that seem to be showing up is them.
They're usually the sort who agree to 1v1 duels then when your shield drops the watchers all go for a kill. In my experience, very few of them are honourable and decent in comms and seeing as seal clubbing isn't outside of their activities, new players already working a tough learning curve and stuck in vanilla ships might never come back to open, or the game itself for that matter. Again, my opinion.