Well I think it's okay for people to have different preferences. I mean, I'd assume people that aren't into doing drills and practicing aren't really that serious about tennis, it's more about what they enjoy.
Personally I prefer playing matches myself, but I also like hitting the ball down the middle of the court to whoever's across the net, so I can get used to the rhythm and timing, adjust my technique or get more confident in hitting it harder without needing to worry about placement, movement, etc. I can't do it for too long though otherwise I will lose my concentration and get bored.
I'm not really into drills though.