Are You Addicted to the Internet? Quiz

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."

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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 or consultation. For each item, indicate the extent to which it is true, by checking the appropriate box next to the item.

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1. Do you find that you stay online longer than you intended?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

2. Do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

3. Do you neglect household chores to spend more time online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

4. Does your work (or school work) suffer because of the amount of time you spend online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

5. Do you form new relationships with others online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

6. Do others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

7. Do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

8. Have you ever noticed that your job performance or productivity suffers because of the time spent online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

9. Do you check your e-mail before something else that you need to do?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

10. Do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

11. Do you find yourself anxiously anticipating when you will go online again?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

12. Do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

13. Do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, or joyless?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

14. Do you find yourself saying "just a few more minutes" when online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

15. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet when off-line, or fantasize about being online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

16. Do you lose sleep due to being online late at night?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

17. Do you try to hide how long you've been online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

18. Do you choose to spend more time online over going out with others?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

19. Have you tried to cut down the amount of time you spend online and failed?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

20. Do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back online?
Never or rarely
Sometimes
Often or regularly

 

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Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 20 Aug 2013
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