Use this brief screening measure to help you determine if you might need to see a mental health or other social services professional to help you successfully deal with “Internet addiction.”


Instructions: This is a screening measure to help you determine whether you might have an unhealthy relationship with the Internet. This screening measure is not designed to make a diagnosis or take the place of a professional diagnosis consultation. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.


I am a year old / /

1. When I sit in front of my laptop, smartphone, or tablet, I spend more time with it than I had intended.

2. I enjoy interacting online more than I do with my romantic partner.

3. I’d rather spend time online than doing things around the house.

4. I feel that the quality of my work or school work has suffered due to the amount of time I spend online.

5. Friends and family have complained about the amount of time I spend in front of my smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

6. When asked what I do online, I prefer not to say.

7. Because of the amount of time I spend online, I am not as productive or attentive in my work or school work than I normally would be.

8. I check my social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc.), texts, or emails first, before I get down to work or school work.

9. I don’t like it when people bother me when I’m in front of my smartphone, laptop, or tablet.

10. I’m anxious when I’m separated from my smartphone, tablet, or laptop for any extended period of time.

11. I escape from my real life for what I can find online.

12. My life would be a lot less interesting and happy without the things I do online.

13. I put off doing something else by spending more time than I had intended online.

14. When at work, home, or school and my smartphone is off or out of reach, I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’m missing out on.

15. I often stay up later at night than I had intended due to doing things online.

16. I’d rather stay home gaming, doing social media, or otherwise spending time online than go out with my friends.

17. I’ve tried to cut back on my smartphone, tablet, or laptop use not related to work or school work without success.

18. When I’m not checking my smartphone, I fear missing out with what’s going on, which often makes me unhappy.



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