40% of Teens Are Using ChatGPT According to This Survey

When ChatGPT arrived on the scene, it seemed like it would take over the entire world. In spite of the fact that this is the case, usership has seen a major drop as of late, and it turns out that just 40% of teenagers have used it in the past 6 month with all things having been considered and taken into account.

This data comes from a new report by Piper Sandler that surveyed over 9,000 teenagers based in the US. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that ChatGPT also has a bit of a gender imbalance in its userbase, with around 68% of its users being male. This seems to suggest that ChatGPT is not catering to a female audience, although this is by no means the only conclusion that can be drawn from the data.

However, one thing to note here is that usership among teens has actually gone up. Back in spring, Piper Sandler conducted the same survey and found that just 24% of teenagers had used ChatGPT up until that point. Regardless of this, the data suggests that ChatGPT has seen declining usership for three months straight, which does not bode well for the future of the Large Language Model.

Teens might be hesitant to use ChatGPT because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up getting them accused of plagiarism. AI content checkers are notorious for flagging human written content even if no AI was used in its creation, and many teens are worried about how this might impact their ability to get ahead in life.

Furthermore, ChatGPT’s link to schooling is further cemented by the fact that usership went down during the summer. Kids were out of school during this time period, and they might not have needed ChatGPT for research the same way that they do during the months in which school and classes are in full swing.

All in all, ChatGPT is in troubled waters as of right now, and that means that OpenAI will need to think of new ways to push things forward. This would not be the first time that a company broke a new industry wide open only to lose to newer competitors, and OpenAI would not want to become the next Yahoo.

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