According to a survey by PewResearch Centre, there has been a notable rise in smartphone and internet usage. In 2015 the number of Internet users rose to 54% from 45% in 2013 across 21 countries.
The major increase was seen from emerging economies such as Malaysia, Brazil and China. Sadly, India still lags behind most of the Asian countries with a low Internet usage and has shown only 6% of rise from 2013 till 2015.
The study revealed a gap of a 33% when compared with emerging and developing nations.
In India 9% of those with lower education levels are online, as compared with 38% who have higher education levels. 11% with lower income own a smartphone and access Internet compared to 28% with higher incomes.
Highlighting the gender gap, the study shows that 17% women and 27% men use smartphone and access internet in India.
Interestingly, India reported one of the highest levels of respondents who own a feature phone while 17% of the population in India own a smartphone, according to the study.