One key answer, that has already been given, is that even if lightsaber are made to be used by a Force-sensitive person, people lacking such gifts might have to use them (but it's rare).
KotOR 2's final boss activates 5 lightsaber using the force (but it remains untold if it's a manual switch or a force switch), so force-activated lightsabers remain possible in the Star Wars Universe.
But I think there also a bond with it's owner. Each time a lightsaber user dies while using his saber, it switches off automaticly. Qui-Gon, Dark Maul (slowly switching off), any Jedi fighting Palpatine or killed after order 66. Every light saber is switching off. So there has to be a connection, with the death of its owner, the saber switches off. (I once killed the final boss in KotOr 2 while having still one force controlled saber activated, but I think it was a glitch)
In a more trivial way, it's, in the canon, rare to use the force without moving any part of your body, this would lack a "wow-effect". It would be to subtle to notice and not cool looking enough for a Star Wars movie.
Finally, and even more trivial, back in 77, almost everything emitting light had a switch. You had to push on/off on many things. The explanation might be that simple and less poetic.
Side note: On many non canon things (I'm thinking about TFU and Robot Chicken episodes), throwing, or dropping a lightsaber doesn't switches it off.