IN­DIA’S DIG­I­TAL DI­VIDE

India Today - - UPFRONT -

Re­search re­leased by the Pew Cen­ter shows In­dia trail­ing China by some dis­tance when it comes to In­ter­net use. The Cen­ter de­fines an ‘In­ter­net user’ as any­one who owns a smart­phone. PM Naren­dra Modi has ex­pressed great en­thu­si­asm for his vi­sion of a ‘Dig­i­tal In­dia’. And just last week, Or­a­cle CEO Safra Catz spoke in glow­ing terms of a gov­ern­ment that is “hun­gry for tech­nol­ogy, and is em­pow­er­ing cit­i­zens by mov­ing to a dig­i­tal ex­pe­ri­ence”. But the Pew Cen­ter’s fig­ures (for 2016) make for sober­ing read­ing.

97%

CHI­NESE OWNED AT LEAST A BA­SIC MO­BILE PHONE IN 2016, COM­PARED WITH 72% IN­DI­ANS

25%

IN­DI­ANS OWN A SMART­PHONE, UP 10% FROM 2013

84%

CHI­NESE IN­TER­NET USERS USE SO­CIAL ME­DIA SITES, UP 21% FROM 2015

38%

OF IN­DI­ANS WITH AT LEAST A SEC­ONDARY ED­U­CA­TION OWN SMART­PHONES

17%

IN­DI­ANS SAID THEY USED THE IN­TER­NET, AT LEAST OC­CA­SION­ALLY, VER­SUS 61% CHI­NESE

69%

CHI­NESE OWN SMART­PHONES, UP 30% FROM 2013

65%

IN­DI­ANS ON­LINE USE SO­CIAL ME­DIA, UP 3% FROM 2015

34%

18- TO 34-YEAR-OLD IN­DI­ANS OWNED SMART­PHONES IN 2015, COM­PARED WITH 93% CHI­NESE

23%

IN­DIAN MEN OWNED SMART­PHONES, COM­PARED TO 14% WOMEN

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