India has huge gender in Internet usage | Current Affairs, Current Affairs 2018

India has huge gender in Internet usage

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A recent study by LINREasia, a Colombo-based think tank, says that there is a there is a 57% gap in terms of internet usage between males and females in India. Additionally, only 43% of Indian women have a mobile phone compared to 80% of Indian men. The study also highlighted that only 19% of India’s population actually uses the internet.
The survey which was released in the presence of officials from India’s telecoms ministry as well as the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), there is a 57% gap in terms of internet usage between males and females. Additionally, only 43% of Indian women have a mobile phone compared to 80% of Indian men.
The study wasn’t limited to India. Around 38,000 households across 18 countries in Asia, Latin America and Africa were assessed. While India ranked third-lowest in terms of the gender gap with respect to internet access (after Bangladesh and Rwanda), it had the highest gap in terms of phone ownership.
When it comes to internet penetration, only 19% of the population actually uses the internet. The level of penetration is much lower than a number of India’s counterparts in the developing world, including Nigeria, Kenya and Cambodia.

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