Updated: Mar 22
In the age of the internet, the decline of reading habits has become increasingly evident. Social media, online videos, and various other digital distractions have deterred people from engaging with the written word. However, the advent of AI language models, such as ChatGPT, is about to bring a resurgence in reading. By disguising reading as conversation, ChatGPT is making the written word cool again.
THE DOWNFALL OF READING IN THE DIGITAL ERA
The internet has revolutionized the way we consume information, but this change has come at a price. Social media platforms have fostered short attention spans and a preference for bite-sized content, while the rise of online videos has further diminished the appeal of reading. A study by the American Psychological Association found that people’s ability to concentrate has diminished due to the constant barrage of online stimuli. As a result, reading habits have suffered significantly, with fewer people engaging in in-depth reading or taking the time to explore complex texts. A quick Google search and a blurb that satisfies the specific question at hand is all a person needs to feel smart in the moment.
THE CHAT GPT REVOLUTION: MAKING READING COOL AGAIN
ChatGPT’s ever-advancing AI language model, is changing the way we read by presenting information in a conversational format. This interactive approach to learning is making reading more appealing and accessible to a generation that has grown up with instant gratification at their fingertips. It keeps the instant gratification, but goes deeper than a meme and is getting better every day. By engaging users in interactive conversations, ChatGPT makes learning feel more like a casual chat than a laborious task. The dynamic nature of these conversations keeps users intrigued, encourages them to ask questions, and helps them absorb information more effectively.
ACCESS TO INDUSTRY LUMINARIES
As AI language models continue to improve, users will gain access to expert knowledge across various industries. By simulating interactions with luminaries in fields such as science, technology, arts, and humanities, ChatGPT will provide users with invaluable insights on demand. These personalized interactions will facilitate deep learning and understanding, transforming the way we consume information. Users will no longer have to rely on hours of research or sift through dense articles, as the AI will bring expert knowledge directly to them in a conversational format that keeps the reader engaged. Gone are the days of research fatigue.
THE FUTURE: DROIDS & THE END OF THE READING RENAISSANCE
Once amulatory, interactive droids become mainstream, the impact of conversational AI will only intensify, but it will be at the expense of this interstitial reading moment. Once people are able to communicate person to person (or, droid to person), the reading component will probably fade away. This may even happen sooner once the voice component of Chat GPT is activated and doesn’t feel like listening to SIRI or ALEXA. While the AI explosion is daunting and anxiety-causing, more positive externalities like these will surely surface as time passes. The moments between shifts will continue to shrink as the AI advances, but I’m hopeful we will always find ways to expand our minds rather than limit them.
If you’re only using Chat GPT as a resume writing machine you’re already losing jobs to other applicants.