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Distribution of internet users in India 2019 by age group

Around 54 percent of the Indian internet user base was between 20 and 39 years old in early 2019. People over the age of 40 formed the lowest share, while youngsters in the age group of 12 to 15 years made up a good 14 percent share of the total internet user base. India had over 560 million internet users that year, ranking second in the world in terms of the number of people with internet access.

Gender and internet

Amongst the total internet users in the country in 2016, it was found that around 70 percent users were male and only about 30 percent were female users. While this was expected to change to 60 percent male users and 40 percent female users by 2020, it still showed a gender gap of internet accessibility in the south-Asian country. While several factors lead to this digital gender gap, economic and socio-cultural barriers stand out as the most compelling reasons.

Older Indians part of digitalization

The median age of India’s population was around 27 years in 2015, echoing the range of the country’s majority internet user base. However, increased efforts towards digitalizing India have been propelling older adults to adopt to new media technologies in their daily activities like communication, banking and e-commerce.

Distribution of internet users in India in 2019, by age group

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

January 2019 to March 2019

Age group

12+ years

Special properties

multi-stage random sampling across households in all socio-economic classes in over 525 towns and 1200 villages

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

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