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Do any of you guys in your mid-late 20s / early 30s experience your friends becoming extremely burned out by games and just becoming spectators?

I don't know how to explain it better, 4 years ago we'd have days where we played games for 5-8 hours straight, we'd have all nighters and just play games when we had free time, but ever since the games we enjoyed changes we stopped playing some of them, and for the last year I can barely force my friends to play for more than 30-60 minutes, they just want to talk about games over playing them, as soon as the games get even a tiny bit difficult everyone stops caring and just wants to leave, I don't expect them to play through a 7 game losing streak in a shooter or MOBA(we played many games), but the fact that we have a 50/50 chance at playing more than 15 minutes after a long day is killing me, it's like I'm watching as my friends turned into my parents who just watch TV all afternoon after work and then sleep. It's making me extremely nihilistic, is this the future for me as well? Will I just lose all interest in doing proactive things in my late 20s (im 24 now) and just sit in front of my TV/PC and browse videos because I'm too stubborn and lazy to put effort into things?

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I don't want to sound disrespectful for this lifestyle, but I myself have seen what lives my parents lived when after work they went straight for the TV becoming couch potatoes and I'm mortified that I see the same patterns forming with my friends of 7-9 years. If you guys had a period like this in life, did you overcome it? Is this a natural thing with aging? I think I'm far too young to be giving up this easily after one HOBBY didn't go the way I wanted to, maybe the lockdown and lack of other activities made gaming a bit oversaturated and if we stopped playing games altogether it would go back to the way it was before this year, but I want to know for sure.

I think lots of people don't understand a few things, I'll respond here instead of 1 by 1.

  1. These guys aren't happy with life in fact many of them are going through a rough time in life, we can't go out together because COVID (hello guys? we'rein a pandemic) so we have little to do from home but chat or play games.

  2. They themselves expressed this, I'm not forcing my friends to do anything because I can't, we are friends, I'm not their guardian.

  3. "Grow up" isn't a comment I expected in this sub, I thought this sub was meant to be better than this. Very disappointing.

  4. Being a couch potato isn't a healthy thing to do, doing it occasionally is normal, not doing anything but that is a worrying sign.

  5. The topic of this discussion which many of you missed was me asking if this is a natural thing or if it is a superficial situation created by COVID. I don't want to trick my friends or tell them how to live their lives, I want them to be happy and they clearly aren't right now, but that's on them to fix it, I can only ask why it might be and if it's a common thing, how can I avoid it myself.

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