The 315.5 million people in America have more than half a billion Internet devices at home, a new survey has found.
And according to SI’s hypothesis, the high Internet penetration in U.S. homes is one key reason why crime is so low in America despite the interminable recession, glaring income inequalities, high unemployment, low wages etc.
After all, if you’re too busy moving the mouse, then you’re not raping, robbing, assaulting, kidnapping or killing someone.
Hey, if you’re watching a Netflix movie, playing an Xbox video game with someone across the world, babbling on Facebook or sexting your titty pictures to your boy-friend, then you’re less likely to be plotting or committing a crime or smoking pot, right?
A hand that’s moving a mouse or clutching a tablet is not holding a gun or a joint!
Well, at least that’s my logic!
More Tablets = Less Crime?
India – More Internet, Less Rape
Now if only Mera Bharat Mahaan were to boost broadband penetration in the urban slums and rural hinterlands and make PCs and smartphones available at affordable rates, I suspect rape, murder and burglary rates will come down in the benighted land.
It’s impossible to open an Indian news web site these days without reading multiple horror accounts of brutal rape and gruesome murder.
In the latest Indian rape episode, a Swiss tourist was gang-raped by four men in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh and her laptop and cell-phone stolen.
A lot of these savage rapes and assaults in India seem to be committed by semi-literate half-wits with far too much time on their hands.
If you want crime rates to plummet in India, give these dimwits an Internet device and see the Bhaiyyas, Biddas, Porikis and assorted Indian chutiyas turn into bovine bozos drooling over Sonakshi Sinha’s udders or jumping in glee over some silly video game.
Better the Indian idiots drool over Sonakshi’s udders than rape some poor Amanat and shove an iron rod up her twat!
SI’s hypothesis is that South Indians are more Web addicted and tend to spend greater time in front of computers salivating over Samantha or Anushka Shetty or, at worst, twiddling with their smartphones for the latest on Telugu Bidda Raghunandan Yandamuri or Ulaga Madayan’s Vishwaroopam.
Is that why we don’t see as many horrific accounts of rape and murder in South India?
U.S. Smartphone, Tablet Explosion
Back in the U.S., smartphones and tablets are driving the explosion of Internet devices at U.S. homes, according to market researcher NPD.
Internet devices that deliver broadband applications include PCs, tablets, smartphones, HDTVs, Blu-ray Disc Players, video game consoles and streaming media set top boxes like Roku and Apple TV.
In just three months, from the fourth quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013, the number of connected devices per U.S. Internet household has grown to 5.7, up from 5.3 devices.
During this period, the installed base of tablets rose by 18 million and there are nearly 9 million more smartphones users.
Apple and Samsung remain the key smartphone brands while Apple continues to dominate the tablet market.
Although PCs continue to be the most connected device in U.S. Internet households, the combined number of smartphones and tablets has recently exceeded the installed base of computers.
For the survey, NPD queried 4,000 U.S. consumers, age 18 and older in the first quarter of 2013.
By the way, Smartphone penetration continues to be very low in India.
Screen Addiction – Good
Bottom line, in SI’s not-so-humble-opinion a nation that puts more PCs, smartphones and tablets in front of its citizens is a safer country than one that does not.
Now, if only we could find a way to get guns out of the hands of the rednecks and loonies in the U.S.
Broadband penetration, smart phones, tablets vis-a-vis crime prevention is an interesting plan.
When your favorite leader Narendra Modi 😉 becomes PM, he will implement your plan.
Are you 100% sure crime is low among South Indians compared to Northies?
But how do you explain the criminal actions of two South Indians Raghunandan Yandamuri and Lakshmi Nivasa Rao Narasu in the U.S. Both are software programmers and heavy internet users
1. Raghunandan Yandamuri and Lakshmi Nivasa Rao Narasu are aberrations, exceptions to all rules!
2. On crime by North Indians vs South Indians, I’m going by impressionistic evidence, i.e. headlines in Indian newspapers
It is the matter of coverage. The average crime rate distribution should be more or less the same around north or south India.
But sadly, a south Indian rape doesn’t sell all over India.
In the last few months, there were three girls who were attacked with acid and two of them died, but it did not get highlighted in the news. There are/were rapes and attacks.
1. Yes, the South Indian specialties seem to be Idli, Vada, Masala Dosa and Acid!
2. You write: But sadly, a south Indian rape doesn’t sell all over India.
Situation in India is not different and nothing less than what you see in amreeka when it comes to porn access.
I don’t buy the opinion that the people who involve in rape or sexual crimes don’t have access to porn at home.
Every college student has access to computer and Internet, and people own a phone with a decent video play back option with which hundreds of adult videos get shared by wireless / Bluetooth. During my college days, a Tamil actress’ bathroom video was the famous one. But now, college students upload their own videos – of kissing girl, or a fucking neighbor or a bathing friend.
Now, porn DVDs sell for as cheap as 15 Rs. And many shops sell memory cards with pre-filled porn videos for as low as 150 Rs. A student I know keeps porn videos small and big, for around 24 GB in his hard disk. Another person I know keeps an exclusive external hard drive for this purpose.
While watching porn may keep the person busy for the time, addiction leaves permanent damages to the thought process and mindset.
We doubt broadband Internet access and PC/smartphone penetration is significant in India.
The numbers we’ve seen, and occasionally even linked to/written about, are not significant.
For instance, in 2013 smartphone shipments in India are projected at a mere 27.8 million units.
That’s barely 2.5% of the population.
Idle minds will rape (like in Delhi). They were not professional criminals….but opportunistic assholes with too much time on their hands.
BTW, would you like to review some Indian porn films? 😉
By the way, a faster reading of this post – gave me a different understanding, and hence the above comment.
Plain rubbish 😉 my comment is.
You write: Plain rubbish 😉 my comment is.
I agree 1000%. 😉
@boopalanj says: “While watching porn may keep the person busy for the time, addiction leaves permanent damages to the thought process and mindset.”
SI understands your pain 😉
Boopalan must have had one Idli too many in Murugan Idli Shop and it’s made his brain go mushy!
Let me categorically state for posterity that porn is the elixir that calms, the balm that soothes, the vitamin that energizes, the drink that quenches!
Time Boopalan had some Murugakkai Sambar (Drumstick soup).
It looks like Indians are gonna be deprived of the elixir you mentioned above!
1. Chutias in India waste their time on all the issues except the ones that matter!
Right at this moment, I’m sure the Paki Intelligence agency ISI and their Indian harami associates must be plotting some new attacks on Mera Bharat Mahaan.
2. We have similar chutias in the U.S. with regard to drugs.
After spending hundreds of billions of dollars on fighting the stupid “war on drugs,” the idiots here still don’t want to legalize drugs.
If the U.S. legalizes drugs, all the Mexican drug cartels will disappear and Mexico will become a civilized place once again. Right now, on the barbaric violence scale Mexico is Bihar multiplied by 1000.
Regarding that, maybe SC should’ve read your comment about conventional wisdom being wrong 😉 .ie more people watching porn means more people masturbating not breeding.
But I think there’s other side it to as well, may be the easy availability of porn is directly or indirectly responsible for increase in sexual assaults on women.
I read the following news items in the order in which I have pasted and the last one made sense after reading the all previous links 🙂
There’s a typo in the last link…it should be 100 million!
I’d be skeptical of anything published in the WSJ (Murdoch has turned it in another of his rags after acquiring it).
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