A recent study by the statistical service of the European Union showed that 34 percent of Italians have never "surfed" the Internet, while 54 percent regularly go to the pages of the world wide web.
Eurostat explained that half of the population of the sunny country regularly devotes a couple of hours to surfing the Internet, while in the European Union the number of fans of the World Wide Web reaches 70 percent.
The Dutch most often and readily “hang out” on the Internet - 95 percent of the population are active users of the network. The honorable second place was taken by the inhabitants of Luxembourg - 94 percent of all residents of the country can not resist not to look at Google or “like” new photos of friends on the social network Facebook.
Amazingly, one in four out of ten Italians never opened a page in a web browser. The EU average is 22 percent. It is worth noting that in 2007, about 37 percent of Europeans “ignored” the Internet.
Eurostat notes that the indicator of "informational lack of education" in Italy is critical, but not as much as, for example, in Greece, where 36 percent of the population does not use the Internet, or Romania (42 percent).
The data obtained is actually surprising: mobile and satellite operators claim that the Internet is present in 96 percent of Italy, and its average speed is at least 1.5 gigabytes per second.
The results of the Eurostat study indicate that, most likely, the plans of the Italian government regarding the participation of the population in discussions with government agencies of the country through a network are not destined to come true. It was originally planned that at least 50 percent of the population would participate in a dialogue with the authorities. Today, less than 20 percent of Italians visit specially created portals for this purpose, of which 27 percent use government websites for tax purposes, 13-15 percent use documents and social benefits, and 21 percent use them for study and education.
Eurostat claims that 85 percent of Danish people do not miss the opportunity to look at the official websites of the government. The population of Sweden (78 percent), Finland (69 percent) and France (60 percent) regularly visit Internet resources related to the activities of the state with enviable regularity.
The Italian government also offers residents of the country some online services, which can be used only in eighty percent of cases. Nevertheless, according to statistics, every year in Italy, at least five billion euros are allocated to support administrative portals and resources, most of which goes to repair and maintain equipment and networks in good condition.
As it turns out, dealing with informatization at local firms is also not the best way. Today, only four percent of Italian firms and entrepreneurs practice the sale of goods and services on the Internet.