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Internet Addiction Test

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How do you know if you're already addicted to the Internet or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? Everyone's situation is different, and it's not simply a matter of time spent online. Some people indicate they are addicted with only twenty hours of Internet use, while others who spent forty hours on-line insist it is not a problem to them. It's more important to measure the damage your Internet use causes in your life. What conflicts have emerged in family, relationships, work, or school?

Let's find out. Parts of the following guide are contained in my book, Caught in the Net. This is a simple exercise to help you in two ways: (1) If you already know or strongly believe you are addicted to the Internet, this guide will assist you in identifying the areas in your life most impacted by your excessive Net use; and (2) If you're not sure whether you're addicted or not, this will help determine the answer and begin to assess the damage done. Remember when answering, only consider the time you spent on-line for non-academic or non-job related purposes.

To assess your level of addiction, answer the following questions using this scale:

1 = Not Applicable or Rarely.
2 = Occasionally.
3 = Frequently.
4 = Often.
5 = Always.

1. How often do you find that you stay on-line longer than you intended?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

2. How often do you neglect household chores to spend more time on-line?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

3. How often do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

4. How often do you form new relationships with fellow online users?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always


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5. How often do others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

6. How often do your grades or school work suffer because of the amount of time you spend on-line?

1 = Rarely
2 = Occasionally
3 = Frequently
4 = Often
5 = Always

To license the Internet Addiction Test for any clinical or academic purposes, please contact Dr. Kimberly Young directly at the Center for Internet Addiction.