Brief Questionnaires to Assess for Addiction to the Internet and Video Games
It is very likely you or your child is addicted to the Internet if most or all of the following statements are true:
- Preoccupied with the Internet (thinks about previous online activity or anticipate next online session).
- Uses the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction.
- Repeatedly makes unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use.
- Feels restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use.
- Stays online longer than originally intended.
- Jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet.
- School grades have been impacted in a negative manner, including school failure.
- Lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet.
- Uses the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression).
It is very likely you or your child is addicted to video games if most or all of the following statements are true:
- You or your child’s video game of choice includes; Massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) or massively multiplayer online game (MMO) such as, League of Legends, Call of Duty, Halo, etc.
- You or your child’s game of choice is a first person shooter (FPS) video game, such as Call of Duty, Destiny, Titan Fall, or Halo.
- On an average weekday I/my child plays video games for over 5 hours.
- On an average weekend day I/my child plays video games for over 7 hours.
- I have unsuccessfully tried to reduce the amount of time I/my child plays video games.
- Has access to video games in bedroom and/or own living space (e.g. basement, apartment).
- Almost always stays up late to play video games and as a result, is tired the next day.
- Has few friends outside of the gaming world.
- Has failed courses or had to withdraw from college as a result of playing video games.
- Lies about how much time I/he spends playing video games.
- Have lost interest in activities outside of the world of video games.
- Neglects hygiene because of excessive video game playing.
- Refuses to attend school, become employed or has lost jobs due to video game playing.
- Becomes irritable or anxious when I/he cannot access favorite video game when the computer is not working.
- Becomes very angry or defensive when loved ones asks him about his gaming habits.
- Eats meals while playing video games.
- Would have difficulty giving up all video games for one week.
- Gets headaches, red eyes, sore fingers, or wrist pain from playing video games.
Do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to inquire in to our services for yourself or someone you love who struggles with Internet and video game addiction.
Tracy Markle, MA, LPC
Owner & Clinical Director