Same. I used to use the Desktop as my launchpad for all icons. And many things like pictures or downloads always ended up a desktop icon.
When I switched to using Zorin OS, that almost seemed to abruptly change. Which seems very odd to me. You would think I would be a normal little human and retain my bad habits.
This implies that we feel compelled to keep icons on the desktop on Windows- but would rather not do so. And once freed from whatever it is about Windows that makes us use the Desktop that way, we revert to a more natural state.
I use the Desktop as 1) a quick-access area, 2) a data billboard and 3) a scratchpad, of sorts.
The icons for my drives are on the Desktop; 2) Conky is on the desktop; 3) everything I download goes to the Desktop; and I do edits on huge text files as I shuffle the data contained within them, and the temporary files (essentially the result of each step of the data shuffling) are saved there. Not much remains for very long on the Desktop.
It's not exactly a "new" laptop, but my brother's previous laptop, which is almost the same as mine, except it has slightly better specs and a faulty screen
he didn't use it much because of the faulty screen and how slow it was (which apparently was caused by windows bloatware that the manufacturer added to it in a way that it installs itself after you try to uninstall it), so it doesn't have the problems with the battery and the aging hard drive that mine has