People who work with AI are more likely to be lonely, suffer from insomnia and drink after work, study finds
- AI is commonly used in marketing, finance and manufacturing industries
- Employees who work with AI are more likely to feel lonely and drink after work
According to a study, employees who work with artificial intelligence (AI) are more likely to be lonely, suffer from insomnia and drink when the day is done.
Researchers have found that working with AI – commonly used in marketing, finance and manufacturing – can have “damaging” effects on employees’ personal lives.
The team, led by researchers from the University of Georgia, conducted four experiments in the United States, Taiwan, Indonesia and Malaysia.
In one study, 166 engineers from a Taiwanese biomedical company who worked with AI systems were asked for three weeks about their feelings of loneliness, attachment anxiety, and sense of belonging.
Colleagues rated individual participants on helpful behaviors, and family members reported participants’ insomnia and afterwork alcohol consumption.
Employees who work with artificial intelligence (AI) are more likely to be lonely, suffer from insomnia and drink when the day is done, study finds (stock image)
The analysis found that employees who interacted more frequently with AI systems were more likely to experience loneliness, insomnia, and increased alcohol consumption after work.
But they also found that these employees were more likely to offer to help co-workers — a response that can be triggered by the need for social contact, the team said.
Other experiments in the United States, Indonesia and Malaysia, involving property management companies and a technology company, yielded similar results.
The lead researcher, Pok Man Tang, worked at an investment bank where he used AI systems, which he says got him interested in the issue.
“Rapid advances in AI systems are sparking a new industrial revolution that is reshaping the workplace with many benefits, but also unexplored dangers, including potentially damaging mental and physical impacts for employees,” he said. .
“Humans are social animals, and isolating work with AI systems can have a detrimental impact on employees’ personal lives.”
The analysis found that employees who interacted more frequently with AI systems were more likely to experience loneliness, insomnia and increased alcohol consumption after work (stock image)
Mr Tang said that in the future, AI technology developers should consider equipping their systems with features such as a human voice to mimic human-like interactions.
Employers could also limit the time employees spend working with AI systems and provide them with socializing opportunities, he suggested.
“Mindfulness programs and other positive interventions could also help alleviate loneliness,” he added.
“AI will continue to develop, so we need to act now to mitigate the potentially harmful effects for people who work with these systems.”
The results were published in the Journal of Applied Psychology.
WILL YOUR JOB BE TAKEN BY A ROBOT? PHYSICAL JOBS ARE THE MOST RISKY
Physical jobs in predictable environments, including machine operators and fast food workers, are most likely to be replaced by robots.
New York-based management consulting firm McKinsey focused on how many jobs would be lost due to automation and which occupations are most at risk.
The report indicates that collecting and processing data are two other categories of activities that can increasingly be done better and faster with machines.
This could displace large amounts of labor – for example, in mortgages, paralegal work, accounting and back-office transaction processing.
Conversely, jobs in unpredictable environments are the least risky.
The report adds: “Professions such as gardeners, plumbers or child and elderly care providers – will also generally see less automation by 2030, as they are technically difficult to automate and often require high salaries. relatively lower, making automation a less attractive business proposition.’