China ahead of India in Internet access: Pew Research report

The Pew Research report says 71% of Chinese say they use Internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, in contrast to India where only 21% say they use the Internet


Only 21% of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone. Photo: iStock
Only 21% of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone. Photo: iStock

Washington: China is way ahead of India when it comes to internet access and smartphone ownership, a latest Pew Research report has said.

According to the survey, 71% of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, our definition of internet users. In contrast, only 21% of Indians say they use the internet or own a smartphone.

Sixty-eight percent respondents in China said they own a smartphone, as compared with 18% in India as of spring 2016. Smartphone ownership in China has jumped 31 percentage points since 2013, but in India it has increased by only six points during the same time period.

While virtually every Chinese person surveyed owns at least a basic mobile phone (98%), only 72% of Indians can say the same, it said.

“Nearly four-in-ten Indians with a secondary education or more (38%) own a smartphone, compared with only 9% of less educated Indians. The gap holds for Chinese and Indians above and below their respective countries’ median incomes,” it said.

The report also reflected a rural urban gap on smartphone ownership. “More urban Chinese (72%) own a smartphone compared with rural Chinese (63%), and the same goes for urban Indians (29%) compared with rural Indians (13%),” it said.

“In India, there is a gender gap on smartphone ownership. Indian men (23%) are more likely than women (14%) to own a smartphone,” Pew said. PTI

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