The survey shows that girls in India are less likely to use digital devices

A new survey in India shows that adolescent girls in India are less likely to use digital devices. 42% of them are allowed to use mobile phones for less than an hour a day. The main reasons for this phenomenon include parents’ opposition, social prejudice and poor economic ability. India’s Center for change and the digital Empowerment Foundation jointly surveyed 4100 adolescent girls, parents, teachers and representatives of community organizations in 10 Indian states, the press trust of India reported Tuesday. The results show that most parents think that using mobile phones is “unsafe” for girls and can cause “distraction”. According to the survey, 65% of teachers and 60% of representatives of community organizations think that gender is an obstacle to their use of digital devices. “Even if families and children can afford smartphones, computers and other digital devices, male members of the family always have the priority to use them.”. Financial ability is another major obstacle for girls to use digital devices. Among the respondents, 81% of the families can’t afford mobile phones; 79% of the families can’t afford computers. 83% of girls spend less than one hour a week using digital devices through schools, community centers, Internet cafes and other channels. In terms of digital knowledge and use ability, girls have obvious disadvantages. According to the survey, only 32% of girls can answer the phone with their mobile phones, 26% can use the clock, calculator, flashlight and other offline functions on their mobile phones, and 15% can use online mobile applications. 16% of parents admit that their daughters can’t use computers. (Qiao Ying)

(editor in charge: Zhu Xiaohang)

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