A latest report has shown that in India, only one of four people had made use of the internet in 2017.
Despite the talks of digital India, the ratio of internet users is lowest among in the world in India. This was revealed in a new survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.
The survey was done in 37 countries.
The research found that 96 per cent adults of the South Korea are connected to the internet. The results of the study that was released on Tuesday showed that people in sub Saharan Africa and India have much to catch up with the majority users of the internet in most parts of the world.
In 2013, smartphone ownership among the adults globally was 12 per cent, which has increased to 22 per cent in 2017. At the same time period, social media usage went up from 8 per cent to 20 per cent.
Statistics from the report showed that 78 per cent of adults in India do not own a smartphone and a huge 80 per cent of the population in the country had no idea about Facebook or Twitter.
The study further claimed there are large secit5on of the world where people do not make use of the internet despite the fact that the hiatus between the internet use4rs and non-users in the emerging and developed world has reduced in recent times.
Internet penetration rates is measured by internet use or smartphone ownership. The rates still remain high in North America and much of Europe. At the same time, the study showed that that some parts of the Asia Pacific also presented high ratio in internet penetration rate.
There are some regions in the world that are however catching up fast. In countries like Australia, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, the US, Israel, the UK, Germany, France and Spain, about nine in ten people have report using the internet.
But one of the least wired parts of the world is Sub-Saharan Africa.
And yet, compared to the developed countries, those using the internet in developing economy are more likely to use social media platforms like Facebook And Twitter for networking.
In the emerging nations in 2015-16, roughly four out of ten adults used social networking sites said the survey-based study.
53 per cent of internet users in emerging countries make use of social media, said the report. Ay in the same time period, in many of the advanced economies surveyed, social media use has been generally level.
The study further showed that in the past five years there has been a steady and significant increase in the use of internet in the 19 emerging and developing economies.
The report however also showed some heartening statistics for India. The number of adults who used the internet in 2013 in the country was just 13 per cent while that number has gone up to 25 per cent as of 2017.
Meanwhile, a median of 42 per cent of respondents through the emerging and developing economies surveyed claimed that they had accessed the internet on occasional basis least or they owned a smartphone. This data is for the time period between 2013 and 2014.
A median of 64 per cent were using the internet by 2017.
Meanwhile, Internet use among the 17 advanced economies surveyed has remained relatively flat, with a median of 87% across these nations using the internet at least occasionally in 2017, similar to the 86 per cent who said this in 2015 or 2016.
(Adapted from TheHindustanTimes.con)