The higher up executives are in an organisation, the less likely they are to use the Internet according to data from a survey of US users by the American Management Association. Similar results were also collected in Europe by Zona Research.
The findings reveal that over 50% of those on management grades use the Internet for only two or three hours a week, and then mainly to pick up Email messages rather than to search for information.
"Executives tend to view the Internet as a library of contemporary information.
They have other people to do the actual research for them," said Joel Tomaneng of Zona. This means many senior managers lack the abilities to surf through information logically and make the best use of the Net.
Zona believes the problem will lessen dramatically as younger people move into management roles but for now, those rare senior managers who do spend more than 10 hours on the Internet a week are usually women under 35 working in IT or research.
Other executive problems with the Net include concerns about security and slowness of access. "It takes time to find things over the Internet and managers don't want to take time," said Tomaneng.
Of the managers surveyed by the AMA, 53% logged on for less than four hours a week, 34% never used the Internet in the office and 39% did not use it at home. The average time spent accessing the Net for business purposes was 10.5 hours a week.
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