India Online: Eight Amazing Facts on India’s Internet Era


Ravi Agrawal’s newest e-book “India Linked: How the Smartphone is Reworking the World’s Largest Democracy” (revealed by Oxford College Press) is full of info on quickly digitizing India. Whereas the e-book itself is the perfect supply, we collated some fascinating tidbits for you right here (and sure, here’s our review when you haven’t checked it out but):

1. Sunny Leone guidelines Google


Indian-American actress and mannequin and former pornstar Sunny Leone was the most-searched-for-person on Google in India from 2012 by means of 2017.

Hyperlink: https://trends.google.com/trends/topcharts#vm=cat&geo=IN&date=2017&cid

2. India loves Porn

Pornhub’s 2017 report has revealed that India is the world’s third-biggest shopper of pornography. 30 % of its viewers is feminine, making it the fourth-highest proportion on the earth. 86 % of India’s visitors comes from cellular customers, the best on report to this point. The common age of a Pornhub consumer in India is 30, whereas the worldwide common in 35.

Hyperlink: https://www.pornhub.com/insights/2016-year-in-review

three. India loves WhatsApp

Out of its 1.three billion world customers, 220 million customers of WhatsApp Messengers are in India. On New 12 months’s Eve in 2016, Indians despatched one another 14 billion messages on WhatsApp, together with three.1 billion photographs and 610 million movies. Amazeballs.

four. Anti Faux Information Squads

Whereas self-funded vigilante activists are arising with good myth-busting web sites, corresponding to AltNews.in by Pratik Sinha and SMHoaxSlayer by Pankaj Jain, what actually acquired us on this chapter was this little anecdote:

In 1938 actor Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre troupe learn an adaptation of HG Wells novel The Conflict of the Worlds on the radio. Timed to mark Halloween, this narration of aliens attacking Earth was so practical that listeners believed it, allegedly inflicting mass panic.


5. Nomophobia is actual

Picture: Raconteur.internet

Smartphone habit, often known as nomophobia, or no-mobile phobia, or a concern of not having a cell phone is an actual drawback. Whereas there aren’t many authoritative research in India to indicate the extent of this dysfunction, a clinic in Bengaluru, Service for Wholesome Use of Know-how (SHUT), gives medical assist for this drawback. Run by Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, professor, Division of Scientific Psychology NIMHANS (Nationwide Institute of Psychological Well being and Neuro Sciences ), it has been round since April 2014. The practitioners observe 4 Cs to assist diagnose the severity — craving, management, coping and compulsion.

6. The smartphone is our greatest buddy

In response to the B2X Client Traits report of 2017, 92 % of Indians with smartphones stored their gadgets inside direct attain always. The worldwide common is 85%. In a 2016 examine, analysis company Kantar and the Cell Advertising Affiliation said that the typical smartphone consumer in India spends three hours actively accessing the web on daily basis.

7. Extra Web shutdowns than Iraq and Syria

Satirically sufficient, India can be the world chief within the variety of digital blackouts, adopted carefully by Syria and Iraq. Authorized advocacy group Software program Freedom Legislation Centre retains a depend of web shutdowns within the nation on its web site InternetShutdowns.in. There have been 14 in 2015, 31 in 2016 and 70 in 2017. Whereas most occurred in Kashmir, over a dozen states within the nation have been affected. West Bengal’s Darjeeling suffered an over 100-day in 2017 when a political occasion’s demand for a separate state turned violent.

eight. Kashbook—Fb of Kashmir


In gentle of a variety of digital blackouts within the state, making it unimaginable for individuals to entry social media, an enterprising younger man, Zeyan Shafiq, created Kashbook, a social media platform for Kashmir. He first created it as an HTML model when he was 13 years previous, and thought nothing of it, transferring on to do different tasks. However when the web shutdowns started in 2017, he determined to revive it. He launched the platform in April 2017, and inside every week 15000 customers signed up. Since each different social media website was banned and VPNs didn’t all the time work, this platform was a heaven despatched. It was sufficiently small to remain off radar, however rising quickly. In Shafiq’s phrases, “The Web has reworked India, however my Kashmir has been left behind.”

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