The survey of more than 11,000 senior executives found that 53% of C-level executives access the Web before going to work, while only 41% said they read a newspaper before going to work.
The survey also found that 35% of C-level executives visit business or financial Web sites before they start other work.
More C-level respondents (58%) do online research than use the Web to check their portfolio (33%). Only 11% of respondents said they delegate online research to their assistants.
And 82% of C-level executive respondents said they check their e-mail before they start other work, while only 6% said they have an assistant check e-mail for them.
The results of the survey are available at www.forbes.com/research.