Weird statistics: more Indians have mobile phones than have toilets

Weird statistics: more Indians have mobile phones than have toilets
What comes first, we asked ourselves, after reading this weird piece of statistics, the chicken or the egg? In India, it seems like it’s the egg. The way technology is adopted in the second most populous country in the world is funny, weird, but also very telling. 

The Indian government itself has released 2011 census data bringing out this stark contrast: only 46.9% Indians have lavatories, while 53.2% of households have a mobile phone and 63.2% have a landline phone. What happens to those without restrooms? 49.8% of the Indian population (or nearly half a billion people) defecate in the open. In some regions, in-house restrooms are a rarity - over 75% of people don't have them.

While these literally dirty facts may sound disturbing, they’re telling about how important communication is to people. In a society where many lack the most basic facilities, state-of-the-art technology is widespread. 

India is still largely uneducated about the dangers of the unhygienic practices. "Cultural and traditional reasons and a lack of education are the prime reasons for this unhygienic practice. We have to do a lot in these fronts," Registrar General and Census Commissioner C Chandramouli said.

source: Pluggd

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46 Comments

1. smartphone

Posts: 160; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

yeah true, and phonearena will let them use theirs.

44. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I just loved your comment and 3rd time I read it and I cant control myself from LMAO!! :-D Such a good slap on the face of "iPhone Arendroid". LOOSERS!

2. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

love the picture of how she is on the phone while cooking.. brilliant!!!!

8. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

And how do you know she is cooking??? Just saying...lol

11. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

She's not cooking, that's her "Port-a-Pottie". "Tonto, can you hear me now?"

14. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Tonto?! Wrong kind of Indian you ass. Looks like we don't have to look further than this asshat right here to see uneducated

15. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

No its not. Its a large container that is used to carry milk. These woman milk the cows they keep in their village and send it to Cities and Towns or sell it to AMUL to earn their bread and butter. Please do not be disrespectful.

21. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Who is Amul???

24. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

38. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Amul is a brand that deals in Milk and Milk Bi-Products! And India is a must visit!

31. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ohhh so she is on the cellphones taking orders to deliver the milk... got it... @papinyc.. "port a pottie"...lol... thats a big pottie...lol

33. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

She's not cooking. She calling, "hey, I'm bringing the pot over Stephanie. We can all take a poop and then dumped it in the woods."

3. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am ...... bothered by this.

45. theindianguy

Posts: 90; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

lol i am indian and i actually didn't get bothered :P it must be because i don't live there...anyways the reason for more mobiles than lavatories is because cell phones are reaally cheap. And most of the people use the cheap nokias anyways.

4. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

I guess having a toilet in India is a.....wait for it......#2 priority.

22. SleepingOz unregistered

7indians thumbs you down.. xD

39. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

Oh Now its 11 and +1 from my side HA and its 12 now :-P

5. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

BTW this has less to do with Smartphone priority and more to do with the fact that country doesn't have a huge water/wastewater system already in place. Bulding cellular towers is easier than building a water system for people. If holes in the ground where counted in this survey it would have been much higher on the toilet side. Just sayin'

18. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

We DO have a good enough waste water system. The problem is poor people(majority of India) would rather build another room for their family to live rather than build a 'bathroom'.

6. chanukyakrazzy4

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 18, 2010

hy wat do u know abt india f**king bitchess.............

7. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

well for once that they use foul language..

9. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

lmao! this comment made my day

40. karanstyle

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

No wonder these foul words came from your language ancestors.

13. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

What do YOU know about India? Was their anything disrespectful in the article? Clearly YOU don't know anything about India either. Our culture does not teach us to use fowl language ESPECIALLY when there is no need for it.

16. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

*Foul

17. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

वह सिर्फ एक गधे और एक ट्रोल है. उसे ध्यान मत दीजिए. Hope I said that right, my HIndi isn't as good as my wife's.

20. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Haha I understood it. I dont know if its right or not, Im from Punjab, my first language is Punjabi! :P

25. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

My wife's family is from Madras. There is differences in the language but fundametally you can understand both.

23. SleepingOz unregistered

I know that more Indians have mobile phones than have toilets.

10. Anirbanrocks

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

Well Interesting Pic!! :P Black n white background with colour women..which camera? :P

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