- ChatGPT, an artificial-intelligence bot that’s wooed the tech world, is known for its human-like responses.
- People have used it to write everything from essays to cover letters. I made it a bit more personal.
- I asked it to write responses to my Hinge matches. Most of them were embarrassingly bad.
ChatGPT has thrown the tech world into a frenzy.
The chatbot, which is powered by artificial intelligence, answers questions in a way that’s alarmingly similar to how a human would respond, with the exception of a few inaccuracies. People have used the chatbot to write news articles and cover letters, and its realistic responses have sparked concerns over its use in academia.
The program can be used to cheat and deceive. But can it be used to find love? I decided to put it to the test.
I fed ChatGPT a few comments that were left on my Hinge profile, and also asked it to come up with responses to other people’s prompts. Some of the responses were so unbearably cringe-worthy that I gave myself the ick. Others read like a Buzzfeed-era millennial wrote them circa 2010.
To put it kindly: ChatGPT is not a smooth talker.
Not a single person responded after I sent them a ChatGPT-generated response
One person said their most irrational fear was flying. I asked the chatbot to come up with a funny reply, to which it said: “No problem, I’m more than happy to hold your hand and provide moral support during turbulence. And if the plane goes down, at least we’ll go out together in a romantic blaze of glory!”
I sighed. I hit send. I never heard back.
In reply to a flame emoji left on one of my photos, ChatGPT offered: “Thanks for the hot compliment! I’m flattered, but I’m not sure if I can handle all that fire. Maybe we can start with some cozy cuddles and a nice glass of wine instead?”
In another prompt, I asked the bot to write a short, witty response to someone whose profile says they work in finance. In response, it gave me the most deranged and clearly robotic response yet.
“Hey there finance person! I see you’re good with numbers. Can you help me with my budget? I’m trying to save up for a lifetime supply of avocado toast and craft beer. Is that a good investment?”
The “finance person” ghosted. Understandable.
The responses were so embarrassing I felt bad even sending them
The replies that ChatGPT offered were often lengthy, impersonal, and, frankly, bizarre.
The number of times that ChatGPT asked me to message someone about “craft beers and avocado toast” makes me think that ChatGPT may be powered by some poor 2010s hipster.
But after a while, it seemed like the bot had found some self-respect — or at least picked up on what I was doing.
Following several of my requests for pick-up lines and dating-app responses, the bot gave me this eerily perceptive response: “Keep in mind that pick-up lines are often seen as cheesy or inauthentic, so it’s important to be genuine and respectful when approaching someone.”
It was smart advice from ChatGPT. Or at least better advice than trying to find a date with the prompt: “Swipe right if you’re ready to take a chance on love, or if you just really love avocado toast and craft beer.”