>Is this something people find they can avoid if they make it a priority and build their careers and lives as so?
You can do things to make it less worse, but unless you live off the grid or scale back your life you are never going to have the kind of free time you had when you were young.
If you want more free time you have to prioritize, which involves giving something up.
You maximize your free time with Time Management.
Read this classic that started the genre. Its slim and better than generations of book that have ripped it off poorly. You can read it in a long afternoon. The system only takes 15 min a week.
How To Get Control Of Your Time And Your Life
Learn how for yourself, read these two books.
The Now Habit
You will learn how to manage your time and your emotions in regards to time management( really life management ).