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. Do you find that you stay online longer than you intended?

2. Do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?

3. Do you neglect household chores to spend more time online?

4. Does your work (or school work) suffer because of the amount of time you spend online?

5. Do you form new relationships with others online?

6. Do others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online?

7. Do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do online?

8. Have you ever noticed that your job performance or productivity suffers because of the time spent online?

9. Do you check your e-mail before something else that you need to do?

10. Do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online?

11. Do you find yourself anxiously anticipating when you will go online again?

12. Do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?

13. Do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, or joyless?

14. Do you find yourself saying “just a few more minutes” when online?

15. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet when off-line, or fantasize about being online?

16. Do you lose sleep due to being online late at night?

17. Do you try to hide how long you’ve been online?

18. Do you choose to spend more time online over going out with others?

19. Have you tried to cut down the amount of time you spend online and failed?

20. Do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back online?



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