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65% of Indian Netizens are Internet Addicts: Report

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New startling survey reveals a majority of Indians, 65%, agree to the statement: “I am an Internet addict.” Undoubtedly, India happens to lead as a country in consuming data, a telecom service provider reveals that Internet has improved 94% of Indian netizens lives. Interestingly, 33% of Indians also hate excessive selfie takers, against the regional average of 21%. And 65% of Indians surveyed admit to being ‘Internet addicts’ – just under the regional average of 67% addiction level.

And it is worth noting that while both the majority of men and women agreed with the statement, slightly more females surveyed regionally felt addicted than their male counterparts.

Females also reported to spending more time online than men with 21% of online two hours per day for personal reasons–equating to a mammoth 730 hours per year. In parallel, men reported to accessing the Internet more regularly than females with 89% accessing it ‘many times a day outside of work purposes’.

India’s Top Five Most Annoying Internet Habits
1. Spreading false rumors 40%
2. Inviting people to play online games 34%
3. Sharing inappropriate content 30%
4. Sympathy-seeking posts on Facebook 28%
5. Trolling – offensive or provocative posting to elicit angry responses 18%

A noteworthy 28% of Indians say that sympathy-seeking posts on Facebook are very irritating contrasted with the regional average of 14%. And India was the only surveyed country to list this in their top five most annoying online habits.

But when then asked which online annoying behaviors respondents have personally engaged in themselves, Indians admitted to being most guilty of Facebook voyeurism (looking but not posting) and sending e-Cards: at a shared 23%. Sending e-Cards online again had a distinctively high ranking for Indians against the regional average of 13%, where it did not rank in the top five amongst the other three countries. 14% Indians also said that they indulged in posting food pictures and sending online game invites.

And while attesting to the love of food in Asia, all countries admitted to high levels of sharing snaps of food, women regionally overall were more likely to post pictures of food (31% versus 23% for men).  Gender breakdowns also revealed behavioral nuances and potential correlations in behavior. Two-thirds of respondents admitting to excessively posting selfies on the net were female, whereas the majority of respondents engaging in Facebook voyeurism are male. But selfie-takers beware! Indian respondents rated this activity much higher in the annoyance stakes than the other three nations – 33% annoyance in India, against just 21% regional average.

Despite worst Internet annoyances, the survey also found that a resounding 94% of Indians say the Internet has improved their lives, and 83% of respondents stated that social media in India has helped them to strengthen relationships with friends and family.

“This survey gives us a very stimulating way to look at who are our customers are and their online preferences. As technology evolves, so do our people and our cyber interactions. I think that Indian people are aware of their online behavior and want to make sure that the net remains an inclusive and regulated domain,” said Sharad Mehrotra, CEO, Telenor India.

“As more people access the internet it will be interesting to see how netiquette evolves, just as the world does. As for selfies and cat pictures – I would not be surprised if the next billion people connected turn out to be more sophisticated than us!” added Karianne Melleby, VP Head of Global Partnerships, Telenor Digital AS.

The comprehensive Internet behavioral survey was conducted by Telenor across India, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia.

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