So much for Digital India: Only 42.6 % of women, 62.16 % men have ever used Internet, finds govt survey

Less than 3 out of 10 women in rural India and 4 out of 10 women in urban India have ever used Internet, the fifth National Family Health Survey revealed

So much for Digital India: Only 42.6 % of women, 62.16 % men have ever used Internet, finds govt survey
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On an average, less than 3 out of 10 women in rural India and 4 out of 10 women in urban India have ever used the Internet, according to data collected by the fifth National Family Health Survey (NFHS).

The NFHS-5 in 2019, for the first time sought details on two specific indicators: Percentage of women and men who have ever used the Internet. It usually collects data on key indicators on population health, family planning and nutrition.

As per a report carried by The Indian Express, the following pattern was revealed by the survey:

-Only an average of 42.6 per cent of women ever used the Internet as against an average of 62.16 per cent among the men

-In urban India, an average 56.81 per cent women ever used the Internet compared to an average 73.76 per cent among the men

-A dismal 33.94 per cent women in rural India ever used the Internet as against 55.6 per cent among men.

The data from the 22 states and union territories was collected from 3.07 lakh households.


In urban India, 10 states and three union territories reported more than 50 per cent women who had ever used the Internet: Goa (78.1%), Himachal Pradesh (78.9%), Kerala (64.9%), Maharashtra (54.3%), Manipur (50.8%), Meghalaya (57.8%), Mizoram (83.8%), Nagaland (66.5%), Sikkim (90%), J&K (55%), Ladakh (66.5%), and Lakshwadeep (61.80%).

The five states reporting the lowest percentage of women, who ever used the Internet in urban India were Andhra Pradesh (33.9%), Bihar (38.4%), Tripura (36.6%), Telangana (43.9%) and Gujarat (48.9%).

The percentage of women, who ever used the Internet, significantly dropped in rural India.

The five states reporting the lowest percentage of women, who ever used the Internet in rural India, were: West Bengal (14%), Andhra Pradesh (15.4%), Telangana (15.8%), Tripura (17.7%) and Bihar (17%).

The worst-performing states in urban India for men were Bihar (58.4%), Meghalaya (59.2%), West Bengal (64.6%), Andhra Pradesh (65.1%) and Assam (67.4%).

In rural India, only eight states reported more than 50 per cent men, who had ever used the Internet: Goa (76.6%), Himachal Pradesh (65.1%), Karnataka (55.6%), Kerala (74.2%), Manipur (68.2%), Mizoram (63.9%), Nagaland (55.2%) and Sikkim (69.5%).

The five worst-performing states in urban India for men were Assam (37.8%), West Bengal (38.3%), Meghalaya (38.5%), Bihar (39.4%) and Andhra Pradesh (41.5%).

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