Chicago — A recent study revealed that Gen Z has mixed feelings about AI.
The survey, composed of 1,821 Gen Z and conducted in August 2023, revealed the generation's conflicting thoughts on technology, including concerns about possible biases in AI algorithms as they become more pervasive (61.2%). Some reported concern about AI replacing jobs and the threat of unemployment (63.8%) while others feared for the loss of human creativity (75.5%), according to Her Campus Media.
At the same time, some survey respondents believe AI will make positive strides in enhancing or complimenting current jobs held by humans (36.9%) and a small number think AI will only minimally impact their field (9.2%).
The findings reveal “how pervasive some new technologies have become among the younger generation.”It also points to ethical concerns that need to be addressed sooner rather than later.” But either way, Gen Z will be at the forefront of whatever changes are to come as a result of AI’s increasing prominence.
“Gen Z is the most plugged-in generation, and many Gen Zers will start jobs with new technologies that previous generations could only dream about. AI can offer progress, whether it be to streamline work or maximize efficiency, though that doesn’t come without drawbacks in other areas,” according to the survey.
Noah Johnson (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based journalist. Follow him on Twitter: @noahwritestoo.
Edited by NaTyshca Pickett