Covid 19 impact: Two in 3 Indian adults addicted to being online, says report

By Jasleen Kaur - August 24, 2021 7:08 pm

Nearly two in three Indians (66 per cent) have become addicted to being online as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic, the 2021 Norton Cyber Safety Insights report released on Tuesday said.

The 2021 Norton Cyber Safety Insights report by consumer security company NortonLifeLock is based on an online survey of more than 1,000 Indian adults conducted by the Harris Poll. The survey found that on average, adults in India spend 4.4 hours a day in front of screens, outside of work or educational time.

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About eight in 10 (82 per cent) said the amount of time they spent on screens, aside from educational or work purposes, had increased significantly during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Smartphones by far are the most common device Indian adults surveyed feel they are spending too much time on (84 per cent). The majority of Indian adults (74 per cent) agree that the amount of time they spend in front of a screen negatively impacts their physical health, while more than half (55 per cent) say it negatively impacts their mental health.

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The survey also showed a lack of trust among Indian adults in smart home devices and/ or the companies that manufacture them. Nearly half of adults decided against purchasing a smart home device due to security concerns or because of privacy concerns (40 per cent).

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People also cited a lack of information about smart home devices (40 per cent) and a lack of transparency from smart home device manufacturers about how they use consumer data (35 per cent) as reasons for not purchasing a smart home device.

-PTC News with inputs from agencies

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