ChatGPT linked to student memory loss, procrastination

Occurred: March 2024

A research study found that university students' use of ChatGPT results in memory loss, procrastination, and lower grades.

Having seen their students turn to ChatGPT during the course of their studies, researchers at Pakistan's National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences surveyed over 500 university students - ranging from undergraduates to doctoral candidates - over two phases, using self-reported evaluations.

The researchers discovered that students under a heavy academic workload and 'time pressure' were far more likely to use ChatGPT, and those who relied on the bot reported greater memory loss, more procrastination, and a drop in grades. Study co-author Muhammad Abhas also anecdotally mentioned over-reliance and a loss of critical thinking as impacts on the students.

The findings highlight concerns about the impact of generative AI systems on education.

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Operator: OpenAI
Developer: OpenAI
Country: Global
Sector: Education
Purpose: Generate text
Technology: Chatbot
Issue: Over-reliance