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 percent of Chinese say they use the internet at least occasionally or own a smartphone, our definition of internet users. In contrast, only 21 percent 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 percent in India as of spring 2016. Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needyAlso Read - Safer Internet Day 2021: Here's how you can ensure your online security
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 percent), only 72 percent of Indians can say the same, it said.
“Nearly four-in-ten Indians with a secondary education or more (38 percent) own a smartphone, compared with only nine percent 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. ALSO READ: India added 268.9 million new internet users in 3 years: Adobe
“More urban Chinese (72 percent) own a smartphone compared with rural Chinese (63 percent), and the same goes for urban Indians (29 percent) compared with rural Indians (13 percent),” it said. “In India, there is a gender gap on smartphone ownership. Indian men (23 percent) are more likely than women (14 per cent) to own a smartphone,” Pew said. ALSO READ: India ranks 36 in internet inclusiveness: Facebook-EIU
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