A recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center has shed light on the usage of ChatGPT among Americans, revealing that only 18% of the country’s adults have ever utilized the technology. Despite common assumptions that ChatGPT is widely used, the research demonstrates that a significant portion of the population has yet to explore its capabilities.
The Pew Research Center surveyed 5,057 panelists from July 17 to July 23 to gain insights into ChatGPT usage in the United States. Among respondents who were familiar with ChatGPT, only 24% claimed to have used it, accounting for just 18% of all US adults.
Interestingly, the study found that age and level of education influenced the adoption of ChatGPT among US adults. Younger individuals were more likely to have engaged with the technology, with 41% of those aged 18-29 reporting its use, compared to a mere 5% for those aged 65 and older. This inclination among younger generations can be attributed in part to their active engagement with technology in academic settings, where generative AI can prove beneficial for research, essay writing, coding, math assistance, and more.
Moreover, the study revealed that individuals with higher levels of education were more likely to have used ChatGPT. Among adults with a college degree or higher, 32% had engaged with the technology.
Although one might assume that ChatGPT is predominantly employed for work-related purposes or learning, the study found that the primary use case among those familiar with ChatGPT was entertainment, accounting for one-fifth of adults. Learning came in second at 19%, while only 16% of employed respondents reported using ChatGPT for work-related tasks.
Considering that ChatGPT has been known to generate imaginative and sometimes outlandish responses, engaging with this technology for entertainment purposes proves intriguing. Additionally, users can also enjoy playing basic games such as Tic-Tac-Toe or simply engage in casual conversation with ChatGPT.
Nevertheless, despite the entertainment value and potential benefits, only 19% of employed adults across various industries believed that ChatGPT would have a significant impact on their jobs.
In conclusion, the Pew Research Center’s study highlights that while ChatGPT may have garnered attention and admiration from some users, a considerable majority of Americans have yet to explore its capabilities.