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

46. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

toilet/mobile.. hmm nowadays people choose mobile..because toilet is the only place where people can do anything with their mobile..

36. myindia

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Wait till INDIA shows up as a dominant super power which ofcourse is now in the making and the South Asia (Along with China) Speaks !

37. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

I would like that.... Provided India China dont run out of land due to their exploding population..

47. myindia

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 30, 2011

Don't worry . As literacy rate gets increased, we can be better off.. and ofcourse the population of a country teeming with large young population no doubt would help the nation in its quest for man power as in the case of india.

34. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

INDIA=poor country,rich population

35. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

he he Rather than building toilets they would build more babies ;).... population.............wait for it......Explosion

28. Bigbluetundra

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

"In the United States in 2005, less than half of one percent of the country's more than 124 million households didn't have a flushing toilet [source: U.S. Census Bureau]. In comparison, 71 percent of India's total population of more than one billion people had no access to a toilet that same year. There were an estimated 350 million public and private toilets in the United States by the mid-1990s" India has increased its toilets by 17% in 7 years. That's a huge leap of 170 million people. Think how long it would take to install that many toilets and the necessary plumbing to go with them. I give these guys 50 years until we are as affaid of them as we are China.

27. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Just for the record,I mean no disrespect to the Indian people, a proud and ancient one. This article is obviously disrespectful and disdainful,and therefore should not have been written. It has nothing to do with Apple,Droid or technology whatsoever. Just a thought.

30. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

Pardon me, how is reporting statistics related to mobile phones disrespectful?

43. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

If you really must ask,you miss the point completely.

19. TheLetterD

Posts: 7; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

You see its not like we DONT want a proper sanitation system in India. The Govt. Is trying their level best to spread awareness among the Uneducated and poor people about various topics Among which are Population control(Birth Control, Family planing etc.), the importance of education and proper sanitation. Its just that the mentality of the poor and uneducated does not change that easily. I tell my maid EVERYDAY not to waste water while washing the clothes, to close the tap tightly, to educate NOT only her son but also her daughters! Still she refuses to listen. And she makes her daughters work too, for that extra cash which she would need for her son's education. I tell her to not do that but then she says ''Its not easy to feed a family of 6 with my husbands and my income.'' Now I want to say that she shouldn't have a family of 6 if she cant feed them in the first place. But that would be interfering in HER life. She thinks the more kids she has, the more money they'll earn. She doesn't realize that educating and raising 2 kids would be better than having 8 working for the education of just 1. And just so you know , education for girls in India is absolutely free.

32. cellphonator

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 29, 2011

Don't worry we'll send you Obama for a couple of years which wants to give free birth control pills and free cell phone to everybody and all the problems are solved.

42. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

As the letterD dude rightly pointed out nothing's gona happen till every strata of society is educated..

41. B3BLW29

Posts: 238; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

Reminds me of Movie Idiocracy (I.e. wrt to growing population) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0387808/ he he he he he

12. Drafty

Posts: 11; Member since: Jun 03, 2010

Thanks Victor for the nonsense article on phonearena, very prejudice.

29. Victor.H

Posts: 1129; Member since: May 27, 2011

This is pure statistics by the Indian government, no prejudice here.

10. Anirbanrocks

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2011

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

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.

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'.

4. tluv00

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 18, 2007

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

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