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India Internet Access is Merely 20%, Says Pew Research Survey

 Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Prakash Javadekar launching the Indian Language Internet Alliance, at a function, in New Delhi on November 03, 2014. (PIB Photo)

Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting (I/C), Environment, Forest and Climate Change (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs, Prakash Javadekar launching the Indian Language Internet Alliance, at a function, in New Delhi on November 03, 2014. (PIB Photo)

In a major reversal of beliefs Pew Research shows that only 20% in India have Internet access and only 14% own a smartphone, a though more than 65% used social networking sites Facebook or Twitter while 55% have used the internet to apply for a job.

India is behind Indonesia, which fared at 24% of the population having access to the internet, while Bangladesh has 11% and Pakistan a mere 8%.

The Pew study found that Internet is confined more to youngsters, the educated and those who are familiar with English.

The Internet has positive influence on education, with half the population perceiving it as a good medium with good influence on education (64%), personal relationships (53%) and the economy (52%), according to the study.

However, 42% see it as a bad influence on morality, while 29% see the internet as a good influence.

The Pew Research Center held a survey of 36,619 people in 32 countries from March 17 to June 5, 2014 to arrive at these conclusions.

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