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Indians getting more geeky

There has been a spurt in the number of people using computers at home.

india Updated: Feb 23, 2006 20:07 IST

More Indians are now using computers at home, school or work than before, says a new study.

There has been a dramatic rise in the number of people in India who use the Internet occasionally, according to a Pew Global Attitudes study.

Other countries that have also seen a growth in numbers are Turkey, Russia and Poland.

The average numbers have risen by 13 per cent in 2002 to 16 per cent in 2005.

According to the study, 14 per cent of the Indians are Internet savvy, while 28 per cent of men and 14 per cent of women in the country employ computers either at home or at work.

The rate of computer usage in India is over 36 per cent among those with at least some college education, compared with 14 per cent among those with less education, the study reveals.

Computer usage and access to the Internet has increased dramatically around the globe.

Great Britain has seen the largest increase in computer use, up 17 per cent since 2002 (from 59 per cent in 2002 to 76 per cent today).

More modest gains have been made in the US and the rest of Western Europe, where majorities already reported using computers in 2002 although even in these countries the use of such technology has increased significantly.

Among those nations surveyed in 2005, the Netherlands leads in computer usage with fully 84 per cent now saying they use a computer either at home or in the workplace.

Nearly eight-in-ten (79 per cent) Canadians find themselves sitting in front of the computer screen at least occasionally, while just over three quarters of Americans (76 per cent) do likewise.

Though overall net usage has increased, differences in gender habits still persist.

According to the study, men use computers more than women in 14 of 16 countries surveyed; only in Canada and Lebanon do the genders share the same amount of computer activity.

Pakistan has the lowest number of computer users with only 14 per cent of men and 4 per cent of women reporting they use a computer even occasionally.

First Published: Feb 23, 2006 15:32 IST