Introduction to the Gallup Data Analytics series on Pakistan Social and Living Standards Measurement data:
This press release is the first part of a special Gallup Data Analytics series that aims to foster an empirical understanding of the social and economic indicators in Pakistan based on data generated by PSLM Surveys.
PSLM is the largest survey in Pakistan conducted every two year by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. The sample covers over 80,000 households and over 400,000 respondents. The PSLM Survey is designed to be representative at district level for in-depth analysis and for the majority of districts a sample of 1000 respondents has been achieved. Gallup Pakistan Data Analytics team has worked extensively on this data and this series of press releases is our attempt to publicize the great efforts done by hundreds of office bearers of Bureau of Statistics who have travelled far and wide to collect this data.
This particular press release aims to assess the prevalence of internet usage and access across Pakistan along with various demographic breakdowns to provide further insight into the results.
The emergence and prevalence of ICT in developing countries like Pakistan emphasize the increasing need for communication and easy access to information. The high growth of ICTs in Pakistan over the last decade can be understood as an indicator of socio-economic as well as technological advancement. Overall, ICT can be understood to add to the quality of life in the country with a larger population now acquiring access to improved communication, education, healthcare and financial infrastructures.
A nationally representative sample of men and women from the 10+ population from across the four provinces was asked the following question: “Did you use the internet during the last three months?” In response to this question, 83% Pakistanis disagreed and said that they have not used the internet in the last three months while 17% of the respondents agreed to having used internet over the past three months.