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The Death of Human-Crafted Essays

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at MSU chapter.

This article was partially written using the Chatbot: https://openai.com/blog/chatgpt

Chatbots, while a convenient and efficient technology, can often result in essays that lack the creativity and critical thinking that is essential for a high-quality piece of writing. While chatbots can be helpful in generating quick responses, there are several reasons why they can negatively impact the quality of essays.

One of the primary issues with chatbots is their lack of human creativity. Chatbots are programmed to generate text based on pre-existing information and data, so they therefore do not have the ability to think creatively or add original insights to an essay. This can lead to repetitive, formulaic language that lacks the uniqueness and personality that a human writer can bring to an essay.

Another issue with chatbots is their potential to contain incorrect information. Chatbots are only as accurate as the data they have been trained on, and if that information is incorrect or outdated, the text generated by the chatbot will reflect that. This can result in serious inaccuracies and misunderstandings in an essay, which can greatly detract from its quality.

Furthermore, chatbots can struggle to understand the context in which a question is being asked, leading to inappropriate or irrelevant responses. This can be especially problematic when writing an essay, where context is critical to the overall understanding and quality of the work.

Additionally, chatbots have a limited vocabulary and understanding of language, which can result in awkward phrasing or unclear language in an essay. This can detract from the coherence and quality of the essay, making it difficult for the reader to understand the intended message.

If you are still reading up to this point, I bet you couldn’t tell that each paragraph written above was carefully created by an AI Chatbox generator. This may come to a surprise for you, but if you pay attention to the choice of words and tone used, it is very clear that it lacks the ability to relate to an audience: you.

While I conducted my little “experiment” on how chatbots function, I followed the standard scientific theory and method by testing my prompt three separate times. Each time, the chatbox gave a similar response to the one above; the word choice was slightly different, but not different enough to set them apart. 

Overall, in my opinion, I believe that these chatbots can be helpful for getting ideas on essays you may be stuck on. However, relying on them may allow for skepticism or possibly even plagiarism from professors or supervisors. It is best to rely on your own creativity when writing essays so you can reflect who you are as a writer, not the grade you want to receive.

Lauren Welch is a senior at Michigan State University studying Political Science pre-law with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy. Lauren Welch is currently the secretary for the Michigan State University chapter and loves to write articles that relate to the college experience and tips on how to survive college in the most fun way. You can reach her through email at welchla3@msu.edu