It’s a mix of both.
While I do enjoy playing Genshin Impact, I prefer avoiding most of its multiplayer aspects even during the most difficult of fights. But when I’m not playing, it’s through the activities of the entire online community — the memes, inquiries, showing off, etc. — that my interest in the game stays very much alive. Without that online community, it gets difficult for me to maintain interest in a game, or to come back to any game that I’ve decided to let go for awhile.