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22-Year-Old Kolkata Student Claims Her Income Dropped 90% Due To ChatGPT

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The young woman revealed that by the end of 2022, her workload had reduced to writing just one or two articles per month, and her company did not provide any clarification for the reduction.

According to the New York Post, Sharanya Bhattacharya used to work as a ghostwriter and copywriter for a creative solutions agency during her studies. She selected some SEO-optimized articles and earned around $240 (approximately ₹20,000) per month. However, she said her life changed drastically when ChatGPT was introduced in November of the previous year.

Sharanya disclosed that the companies that used to assign her work became increasingly reliant on AI, leading her to believe that ChatGPT was responsible for cutting costs.

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As she explained, “Since my workload reduced, life has become extremely difficult—not just for me but also for my family. I can barely earn 10% of what I used to make.”

Sharanya mentioned that her income supports both herself and her 45-year-old mother, who sells saris. However, as soon as the cash flow decreased, she had to make sudden cutbacks in their daily expenses. She said, “It’s been incredibly tough.”

“We have to be mindful of our expenses now, and we can’t do things we used to enjoy, like eating out—we can only afford that once every two months. We have to prioritize our spending on necessities like food and bills to make sure we can get by,” Sharanya added.

The student said her life is now uncertain, as she is facing potential unemployment. She said, “Alongside my studies, I used to support myself, but when work became scarce, I found myself struggling.” She added, “I’m worried, feeling lost, and going through moments of anxiety; the past few months have been tough for me.”

Furthermore, according to the Post, Sharanya highlighted significant differences between human-generated and AI-generated content and urged companies to consider the impact of large-scale job cuts.

“Not just in India but all over the world, many talented copywriters are affected by this. I hope that in the future, a way will be found to combine human copywriting skills with AI to produce better overall results,” said the 22-year-old.

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