Like it or not, artificial intelligence (or, more specifically, ChatGPT) has changed the way we work. When AI-powered chatbots first came on the scene, I was a little skeptical — mostly because the news headlines were fear-inducing. The common among them was 'People being replaced by ChatGPT or AI.'
The debate is still out, but I don't think ChatGPT will replace (great) knowledge workers any time soon. ChatGPT is a web application — you can access the AI tool in your web browser — designed specifically to act as an assistant.
We all have seen the hype around ChatGPT (a writing assistant) when OpenAI released it to the public — though it's far from the best AI tool. In this article, I'll reveal the 100+ eye-opening ChatGPT statistics segregated based on different parameters, including history, users, updates, and more.
Key ChatGPT Statistics
If you're running short of time, here is a quick overview of some of the ChatGPT statistics.
ChatGPT currently has 100+ million users, and the website sees nearly 1.5 billion visitors per month.
While ChatGPT was free until February 2023, the company released ChatGPT Plus at $20 per month.
ChatGPT is trained using GPT-3.5, whereas the Plus users can access GPT-4 from March 2023.
The AI chatbot gained 1 million users in only 5 days.
USA has the highest number — 14.82% — of ChatGPT users, followed by India (8.18%).
GPT-4 can generate 25,000 words and can understand over 26 languages.
A quarter of companies had saved roughly $50,000 to $70,000 using ChatGPT.
55.99% of ChatGPT users are male, while the AI chatbot has 44.01% female users.
ChatGPT's iOS app reached 5 million downloads in three weeks after its launch.
GPT-4 is highly accurate than GPT-3 and older models.
ChatGPT was trained on a massive amount of data to function. OpenAI claims that they've fed the tool with 300 billion words from websites, books, articles, and posts.
According to a tweet by Sam Altman, CEO of OpenAI, ChatGPT gained one million users in the first five days of its launch.
In just two months after launch, the monthly active users of ChatGPT crossed 100 million — making it the fastest-growing consumer application in history.
Note: The ChatGPT record was broken by the Instagram Threads app, which crossed one million users in only 1 hour and 100 million in two days.
Witnessing the fastest adoption of ChatGPT among the masses, UBS analysts reported, 'In 20 years following the Internet space, we cannot recall a faster ramp in a consumer Internet app.'
To put that into perspective, TikTok took nine months, and Instagram took two and a half years to reach 100 million users — something that ChatGPT did in a mere two months. The diagram compares the time taken to reach 1 million users by the top online services.
In order to get an appropriate response from ChatGPT, all you need is a clear prompt with sufficient details. Here are a few ChatGPT statistics that reveal the user growth, demographics, age, and more:
1. The ChatGPT website sees over 1.5 billion in September 2023
The latest available data by SimilarWeb indicates that the ChatGPT website generated over 1.5 billion total visits in September 2023 — which is 4.69% higher than the previous month.
ChatGPT has a bounce rate of 36.36%. Each user spends around 7 minutes 36 minutes on the website and views 4.17 pages per visit.
2. Nearly half of Americans have heard either a little or a lot about ChatGPT
A recent poll by YouGov reveals that nearly half of Americans have heard a little or a lot about ChatGPT. Out of these, approximately two-thirds of people with a postgraduate degree.
The same report said that 54% of respondents have heard 'nothing at all' about ChatGPT.
3. 48% of respondents in a survey said they are not familiar with generative AI
Statista did a survey among United States citizens to see how familiar they are with the use of generative artificial intelligence (AI) in social media in 2023, and the results are out:
48% of respondents said that they are not familiar with generative AI.
25% believe they have heard about the use of generative AI but are not sure if they've seen or experienced it.
23% have ever seen, experienced, and used AI.
14% have seen and experienced how generative AI is used in social media but have never used generative AI themselves.
9% have used generative AI.
5% have used generative AI for social media.
3% have created generative AI content for social media but have not created any AI content.
In short, over 40% of adults in the United States are aware of ChatGPT.
4. Many American businesses use ChatGPT in their workflow
Not only users but many American businesses use ChatGPT to automate certain tasks.
A survey by Statista revealed that around a quarter of companies had saved $50,000 to $70,000 by using ChatGPT.
11% of American business leaders saved over $100,000 since they introduced ChatGPT to their workflow.
ChatGPT can be a pretty good writing assistant or brainstorming partner. It's like having another person with whom you can discuss your ideas, even if they aren't a well-qualified expert.
The hundreds of use cases of ChatGPT are the main reason why people from all over the globe use it.
1. Over 50% of ChatGPT users are male
55.99% of ChatGPT users are male, whereas 44.01% are female, with 25-34 years old being the largest age group of visitors.
18 - 24 years: 28.04%
25 - 34 years: 33.52%
35 - 44 years: 18.35%
45 - 54 years: 11.19%
55 - 64 years: 5.56%
65+ years: 3.33%
2. Most ChatGPT users live in the US
As of September 2023, the United States was the top country sending traffic of 14.82% to the ChatGPT website, followed by India and other countries.
Here are the ChatGPT statistics varying by country.
United States: 14.82%
Other countries: 66.2%
3. ChatGPT is available in nearly 161 countries around the globe
While there are around 161 countries where ChatGPT is available, some major countries still lack access to it. Here are some of them.
Ukraine (certain exceptions)
#2 User Growth
For this reason, ChatGPT has a large user base — which has been growing dramatically since its launch. Here's a quick overview of ChatGPT user growth from November 2022 to September 2023.
In just 5 days of launch, ChatGPT crossed 1 million users.
By January 2023 (that is, two months after its launch), ChatGPT users grew by 9900% — which means it gained 100 million active users.
In April 2023, the estimated user traffic was 173 million users.
While ChatGPT saw a staggering 577% increase in website traffic from November 2022 to April 2023, the website saw a drop in monthly visits in the next three consecutive months.
ChatGPT's traffic fell from 1.8 billion visits to 1.43 billion by the end of August 2023.
Similarly, the amount of time visitors spend on the website seems to have declined since March 2023 — from an average of 8.7 minutes to 7 minutes in August.
Reuters reported that school coming back to session in September may help raise ChatGPT's traffic and usage — and that's what happened. In September 2023, the total visits bounced back to 1.5 billion — which equals an increase of 4.69% compared to the previous month.
#3 ChatGPT App Statistics
Witnessing the popularity of ChatGPT, OpenAI released Android and iOS apps.
1. On May 18, 2023, OpenAI launched the ChatGPT app for iOS, which is free to use and syncs your history well across devices.
2. The iOS version of the ChatGPT app reached 5 million downloads in only three weeks of its launch.
3. The US is the largest market for ChatGPT, with nearly 1.5 million iOS downloads.
4. A survey by Savanta reveals that 47% of respondents have used ChatGPT for fun or learning purposes. Surprisingly, 42% of millennials use it for businesses, which is higher than 29% of Gen Z users, 26% of Gen X, and 20% of Boomers.
5. ChatGPT app users vary depending on the region.
There are currently 3.59 million active users in the US.
Brazil has nearly 1.31 million active users of ChatGPT.
Other countries like Germany and France have approximately 863.64K and 634.41K ChatGPT users, respectively.
ChatGPT uses GPT language models to answer user queries, but it's far from a perfect and accurate AI tool. This is why OpenAI constantly tries to improve ChatGPT and make it better and, of course, accurate. Here are some ChatGPT statistics about the recent updates:
1. With the browse rollout, ChatGPT can now fetch the information from the Internet to provide current and authoritative information — though the update is only available to Plus users.
2. OpenAI is rolling out new voice and image capabilities in ChatGPT to offer a new, intuitive interface type. While the voice feature will be available to Android and iOS Plus users, the image input can be accessed on paid plans and on all platforms.
3. ChatGPT now supports multiple languages like Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish — though the feature is still in alpha.
4. On August 28, 2023, OpenAI launched ChatGPT Enterprise to offer enterprise-grade security and privacy, longer context windows, higher-speed GPT-4 access, customization options, and advanced data analysis capabilities.
5. On May 12, 2023, OpenAI implemented initial support for plugins to help ChatGPT access up-to-date information, use third-party services, and run computations. Some plugins available are Expedia, KAYAK, Shopify, OpenTable, Slack, Speak, and Zapier.
6. OpenAI's ChatGPT updated its model to improve accuracy and factuality. According to the January 9, 2023 update, OpenAI has made improvements to the ChatGPT model to generate better responses on a wide range of topics.
While both ChatGPT and GPT-4 were built by the same research company — OpenAI, there's a key difference:
ChatGPT is a powerful AI chatbot that uses GPT (a large language model) to interact with humans. The free version relies on 20 billion of GPT-3's parameters, which eventually helps in producing convincing textual responses. In order to stop ChatGPT from going off the rails, OpenAI has also introduced content filters.
GPT-4 is a large language model trained on terabytes of Internet data that allows the artificial intelligence model to generate text. It is one of the largest neural networks — modeled after the human brain — that allows GPT-4 to take an input and give output that best matches the request.
1. GPT-4, released on March 14, 2023, can chat, hear, and speak — bringing new capabilities like video processing, quicker responses, and multimodality.
2. OpenAI's GPT-4 model is available only to ChatGPT Plus subscribers.
3. Contrary to ChatGPT, the advanced version — GPT-4 — can handle text and images as input and output.
4. Like ChatGPT, the data of GPT-4 cuts off in September 2021.
5. GPT-4 is the largest language model with 1 trillion parameters — though there are new speculations that the number is closer to 220 billion.
6. OpenAI claims that GPT-4 scores 40% higher than GPT-3 (another large language model by OpenAI).
7. In an OpenAI analysis, GPT-4 performed better than GPT-3 and other older models across many categories like mathematics, technology, writing, science, recommendation, business, code, and learning.
8. According to OpenAI's report, GPT-4 responses were preferred over the answers of GPT -3.5 on 70.2% of prompts.
9. Out of 26 languages tested, GPT-4 outperforms the English-language performance of GPT-3.5 and some low-resource languages like Welsh, Latvian, and Swahili.
10. OpenAI decreased GPT-4 tendency to respond to requests for disallowed content by 82%.
11. GPT-4 has a higher chance of up to 29% to respond to sensitive requests.
12. GPT-4 outperforms other versions in professional tests and exams.
13. GPT-4 scored 90% in the Uniform Bar Exam and 99% in the GRE Verbal section. This graph illustrates the performance of GPT-4, GPT-4 (no vision) and GPT-3.5.
OpenAI is the company behind one of the most interesting and popular AI tools — ChatGPT. As of January 2023, OpenAI has a funding of over 1 billion US dollars and ranks among the most funded machine learning startup companies in the world.
1. OpenAI is one of the most expensive AI startups
In 2021, OpenAI's startup valuation was around $260 million. Reportedly, OpenAI seeks a roughly $80 to $90 billion valuation — which makes the AI startup more expensive by publicly traded AI platforms like Microsoft, Nvidia, and Alphabet.
2. OpenAI's revenue has fallen drastically from 2018 to 2021
OpenAI's revenue was around $13,807,074 in 2016 and crossed $49,968,631 in 2018. However, the revenue fell to $11,728 in 2021 — indicating a huge gap.
3. The net income of OpenAI was around $1,377,836 in 2021.
OpenAI's profit graph is a bit zig zag — the company saw its best days in 2019 (when the profit was $28,599,812). Soon, the profit curve saw a decline in 2021, with a net income of - $1,377,836.
2018: - $1,580,378
2020: - $9,508,759
2021: - $1,377,836
4. In September 2023, OpenAI discontinued the waitlist for the DALL.E image generator, allowing users to sign up for the advanced version — DALL.E 2.
5. DALL.E 2 boasts an active user base of over 1.5 million individuals, with user professions spanning many creative professions like authors, architects, and directors.
6. Users generate about 2 million images every day using OpenAI's DALL.E 2.
7. OpenAI has a relatively small team with just 375 employees (full-time), but its influence is notable in Silicon Valley — all thanks to ChatGPT.
8. Microsoft extended its partnership with OpenAI by facilitating cloud services for OpenAI products and funding of $10 billion.
9. With big companies boosting AI spending, OpenAI is currently on pace to generate over $1 billion in revenue — which is much more than the $28 million revenue reported last year.
10. The company OpenAI has projected $200 million in revenue in 2023.
11. According to SimilarWeb's September 2023, OpenAI ranks 22 among the top websites.
Challenges Faced by ChatGPT
ChatGPT is still a fairly new AI chatbot, so there are a couple of things you'll need to keep in mind when using it. In this section, I'll walk you through some challenges faced by ChatGPT in the past.
1. ChatGPT generates wrong answers.
ChatGPT fails at basic maths calculations — and cannot even answer simple logic questions. Shockingly, the AI chatbot goes as far as arguing for completely incorrect facts.
OpenAI very well understands this limitation of ChatGPT and writes — 'ChatGPT sometimes writes plausible-sounding but incorrect or nonsensical answers.'
In short, ChatGPT hallucinates often, which makes it dangerous, especially for those seeking medical advice.
2. ChatGPT is challenging education.
Using the GPT language models, ChatGPT can perform — or at least try to perform — many tasks like answering questions, writing copy, drafting emails, explaining code in different programming languages, and more. It can even proofread writing or give suggestions about how to improve certain paragraphs.
Everyone has experimented with ChatGPT in one way or another, and teachers are no different. They have fed English assignments to ChatGPT — and the results were shocking. The AI chatbot generated better answers than many students could do — and that, too, without hesitation.
Unsurprisingly, educators and students are experimenting with AI to see how the AI chatbot can help them. The Stanford Daily surveyed around 4497 respondents to see how many students use ChatGPT for assignments and exams. Here's what the students said:
17% of respondents said they used ChatGPT during their fall quarter assignments and exams.
Out of those 17%, here is what the students have to say:
59.2% of students said they used AI mainly for brainstorming, forming ideas, and outlining.
29.1% agreed that they answered multiple-choice questions using ChatGPT.
7.3% said they submitted ChatGPT responses as answers but with some edits.
5.5% claimed that they submitted answers directly from ChatGPT without edits.
3. 31.5% of students believed that using ChatGPT for more than just ideas is a violation of the academic Honor code.
31.5% of respondents believe that using ChatGPT for more than just ideas should be a violation.
22.7% said using ChatGPT at all is a violation.
21% said violation means using ChatGPT responses as answers with no edits.
13% marked their response as no, whereas 12.7% were unsure.
4. There are concerns regarding ChatGPT training and privacy issues.
ChatGPT and GPT models are becoming more widespread, which is why people may want to erase their data from the model. This is a major challenge as there is no way to delete the data or remove the information shared with ChatGPT at any instance.
An AI researcher with Avast in a blog said, 'People are furious that their data is being used without permission.' He adds, 'Sometimes, some people delete their data — but since ChatGPT has already used them, the data is there forever, and people don't know how to delete it.'
There's another privacy risk surrounding ChatGPT, and that is — inadvertently handing sensitive or personal information to ChatGPT. When you type your prompt (or, more specifically, text query) in the message bar to generate a response, ChatGPT 'remember' and 'store' the conversation you're having in its database.
The information collected from one person is used to train the tool and may be included in responses to other people's prompts. The report by the University of Sydney Business School reveals that ChatGPT collects users' IP addresses, browser types, interactions with the site, and more.
6. The data available on ChatGPT is limited to September 2021.
Since the training of the ChatGPT model stopped in the year 2021, you cannot expect the chatbot to provide information about the latest updates — which is one of the key challenges faced by users.
7. Unlike Google's Bard (which can fetch data from the Internet), ChatGPT cannot access external links or the Internet.
If you want to generate text or an article, ChatGPT will search its database (the text it was trained on) and create an output.
8. ChatGPT is being used by hackers to recreate info stealer code.
ChatGPT cannot replace professional threat actors — at least, not yet — but a few researchers claim that some low-skill hackers create malware like info stealer code.
A report by Check Point discovered a hacker explaining how they used ChatGPT to create a Python-based info hacker code.
Check Point researchers also uncovered a hacker that demonstrated ChatGPT's role in creating a dark web marketplace.
ChatGPT has been known to generate less-than-accurate answers, so you'll need to fact-check before using the text. But that does not mean the hype surrounding ChatGPT is going to end anytime soon. On the contrary, OpenAI is planning for some future development — and here are the ChatGPT statistics.
1. GPT-5 is scheduled to complete training in December 2023.
In March 2023, OpenAI released GPT-4, and it is expected that the company will release the next-generation model by the end of the year (i.e., December 2023).
Siqi Chen tweeted, 'I have been told that GPT-5 is scheduled to complete training this December and that OpenAI expects it to achieve AGI.'
2. Many big companies will spend $100 billion dollars for training models over the next few years.
According to a SemiAnalysis report, companies like Google, OpenAI/Microsoft, and Meta will train models worth over $100 billion dollars.
Meta burns over $16 billion every year on the Metaverse.
Over $10 billion a year is wasted by Google on many projects.
Amazon lost over $50 billion on its product — Alexa.
ChatGPT Statistics FAQs
Can ChatGPT Be Used For Statistics?
ChatGPT may help you gather statistics, but you cannot trust the AI chatbot because it tends to hallucinate (the term experts use). Probably, it does not have enough material (especially after September 2021) for an educated response.
What Is ChatGPT Used For?
ChatGPT went viral in late 2022 or early 2023 — immediately after the launch of this AI chatbot — attracting the attention of the masses. The app is very simple, but it sometimes puts out factual errors with confidence.
There are thousands of ways to use the AI chatbot to automate your workflow and improve productivity. For example, you can generate a few paragraphs or even a complete article using ChatGPT — though it has certain limitations.
How Does ChatGPT Actually Work?
ChatGPT is an application or chatbot built by OpenAI, but how does ChatGPT work? The AI tool works by attempting to understand user prompts and frames an output that best answers the question. While that might sound relatively simple, you'll need to carefully write the prompt to generate the text.
Who Created ChatGPT?
ChatGPT — or Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer — is a large language model developed by OpenAI. The company started in 2015 as a non-profit company but became for-profit in 2019. OpenAI released ChatGPT in November 2022, and it's still available for free.
Is There a Better AI Than ChatGPT?
ChatGPT is helping millions of people write content, create games, and solve coding problems, among other impressive things. While the app takes care of certain tasks, the AI model comes with some limitations — and this raises a new question: 'What are some ChatGPT alternatives.'
Here, I'll quickly reveal some top ChatGPT competitors you can consider.
Jasper Chat, Chat by Copy.ai, Zenochat, and ChatSonic for content writing.
Microsoft Bing AI and Google's Bard for web searching.
Amazon CodeWhisper and GitHub Copilot for coding auto-complete.
If you have used ChatGPT in the past, you probably would know about its free extension — YouTube Summary with ChatGPT & Claude. Though it gets you the job done by summarizing YouTube videos, it falls short in some cases. Those looking for a feature-rich YouTube Summary with ChatGPT & Claude alternative can consider transcribing and summarizing tools like Notta. The AI tool is 98.86% accurate and can quickly transcribe your audio and video files.
Convert Audio to Text in SecondsNotta frees up your mind and allows you to engage positively in meetings or online classes.
ChatGPT is a popular web app that relies on GPT to generate text, like writing articles or even code. There are obviously many reasons why you need to be cautious about AI, as nearly every major AI chatbot has some biases.
And when it comes to stealing jobs (something that many people fear), the growth of AI is likely to change things — though its primary aim is to accompany humans.
These 100+ incredible ChatGPT statistics are a testimonial of the fact that AI and ChatGPT are the hot new words in the market for individuals and businesses alike.
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