Survey Reveals Online Leisure Activities of Technology Executives

Feb 22, 2000

MENLO PARK, CA -- How do the nation's top technology executives spend their time surfing the 'net away from the office? In a recent survey, more than three-quarters of chief information officers (CIOs) polled said they research topics of special interest when accessing the Web for personal use. They also arrange travel (31 percent), purchase computer equipment (30 percent) and personal items (29 percent), and track investments (28 percent).

The survey was developed by RHI Consulting, a leading specialized consulting firm that provides information technology professionals on a project basis. Conducted by an independent research firm, the survey includes responses from 1,400 CIOs from a stratified random sample of U.S. companies with more than 100 employees.

Executives were asked, "When accessing the Internet for personal use, which of the following activities do you conduct regularly?" Their responses:*

Research topics of special interest 76%
Book travel reservations 31%
Buy computer equipment 30%
Purchase items such as books, CDs or clothing 29%
Make and track financial investments 28%
Do not access Internet for personal use 12%
Other 6%
Don't know/no answer 1%

*Note: CIOs were allowed more than one response.

"The Internet is a customized virtual library, and research is one of its most efficient applications for both business and personal uses," said Greg Scileppi, executive director of RHI Consulting. "Greater electronic retailing, or 'e-tailing,' options, improved security and ease-of-use are making Internet browsing an increasingly popular pastime for business professionals outside of the workplace." He added, "The Web has the unique characteristic of maximizing leisure time through its speed and efficiency, while also serving as a leisure pursuit."

RHI Consulting provides firms with skilled IT professionals for projects ranging from multi-platform systems integration to help desk and network support. It has more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at

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