In the previous seven-day period, mentions of joy had seen the largest percentage increase as commenters shared their excitement about the new tool and its many uses.
Grappling with the implications
We’re seeing the conversation evolve in a fairly natural way – a way that’s almost reminiscent of the change curve in which initial shock (stage one) leads to depression and experimentation (stage two), and eventually acceptance and integration (stage three). It feels that, as a collective, we’re in stage two and are grappling with the implications of ChatGPT for the present and the future.
In this context, we’re able to understand common words and topics emerging in conversations about the chatbot across public posts on social media, forums, blogs, and review sites between November 2022 and January 2023.
Several topics stood out. Online authors commonly mention writing, coding, questions, and answers, with ‘time’ and ‘free’ framing these discussions. This signals that people are seeing the potential of using a free tool to help them manage some of their manual writing tasks.
The word ‘people’ came up incredibly frequently and represented a larger conversation, hinting at the rising anxiety in many internet users who questioned the future of jobs, especially in tech.