I do; in fact, I've never, ever played the game in any other way, even the sole map that I have played on (a fancy version of Skyblock) was based on Survival:
Otherwise, my form of Survival is one of the simplest there is; the vast majority of my time is spent running through caves, mining resources and killing mobs. Any mods that I use do not detract from this, if anything, they reinforce it (more varied caves, more and more interesting mobs). I use next to no redstone (does using powered rails on redstone blocks or placing a button next to a door to open it really count?) and have next to no building skills (this is my latest base, basically a copy of a village house, many of my other bases are even simpler). I've also played this way for over four years with over 5,000 hours of playtime, it is also one reason why I have never upgraded past 1.6 (newer versions detract from my experience as well; less interesting caves in 1.7+ and a lower mob cap and nerfed zombies in 1.8+).
With all due respect, you're a special case.