Eurostat Map showing the percentage of people who go online at least once a week.

Who might have thought that the distribution of online access in Europe is closely linked to that of income and wealth is proven wrong by this graphic. 

Immensely wealthy regions like the north of Italy, which has a strong industry and a high number of high income households, are less accustomed to using the internet frequently than parts of the EU like Slovakia, which is one of the poorest regions.

Where do these dissimilarities come from? What do they lead to? Are there any observable consequences of this in the daily life of people, in the way these regions are perceived in the eye of the public?