Almost Half Of Teens Say They’re “likely” To Use AI To Do Their School Work

Artificial Intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT are helping people save time and effort in different parts of their daily lives and work, but new research shows a lot of students also plan to use the technology at school. A Junior Achievement survey of teens finds that 44% are “likely” to use AI to do their school work instead of doing it themselves in the upcoming school year.

But is that cheating? The poll of a thousand 13- to 17-year-olds finds that 60% of them consider using AI in this way cheating, but that doesn’t mean they won’t do it.

  • 48% of teens say they have friends or classmates who’ve used AI to do their school work instead of doing it themselves.
  • As for why they use AI to do their school assignments:
    • 62% say AI is just another tool for school work.
    • 24% admit they don’t like school or school assignments.
    • 22% believe they won’t need to know the information because of AI.
    • 22% will do it because everyone else is doing it.
    • 17% say they wouldn’t do as well on the assignments without AI.
    • 8% say it’s just not important that they know the subjects they use AI for.

"Generative AI can be a great tool to boost productivity, but unfortunately many people, especially teens, are seeing it as a shortcut," explains Jack E. Kosakowski, President & CEO of Junior Achievement USA. "The misuse of AI to do all schoolwork not only raises ethical concerns, but this behavior could also short-change many students' educations since they may not be learning the subjects they are using AI for. Given the growing demand for marketable skills, this could become very problematic."

Source: Bezinga

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