Am I Addicted to Digital Devices or the Internet?

Am I Addicted to Digital Devices or the Internet?  
Adult Test

Instructions:

Enter the number that you identify most with for each question. Add the total score to determine if your relationship with your digital devices is problematic.

0-  Never or rarely
1-  Occasionally (seems to be able to control it).
2-  Often (several times a week, but for a long time).
3-  Always (every day, and for a lot of the time).

Score

_____1. You use and stay on the Internet longer than you intended to when you sit down in front of your                    computer.

_____2. Your work suffers from how much time you spend on the Internet.

_____3. How often does your spouse or someone else complain that you spend too much time on the                             Internet?

_____4. How often do you neglect or forget your chores or other duties because you are spending time on                   the Internet?

_____5. You become defensive whenever anyone asks you what it is you are doing on the Internet.

_____6. How often is your sleep affected by your being on the Internet? (Because it robs you of sleep or                       you cant get to sleep)

_____7. During the day, do you spend time thinking about or find yourself anticipating when you will be                     able to get on the Internet?

_____8. How often do you get mad when someone bothers you when you are on the Internet?

_____9. When your computer or the Internet is “down,” do you get angry or upset to the point where                             others can see it?

_____10. Do you tent to check your email compulsively- i.e., more frequently than necessary?

_____11. Do you feel that you prefer the excitement of the Internet to the intimacy you can enjoy with                            your partner, spouse, or friends?

_____12. Do you find that while you say to yourself, “I’ll stop now,” you continue working on the device?

_____13. Do you find that when you are sad, down, anxious or moody, going on the Internet lifts your                             mood?

_____14. If you had to choose between the Internet and any other social activity, how often would you                             choose the Internet?

_____15. Do you find that you now have more friends or contacts on the Internet that you do in real life?

_____      TOTAL SCORE

Interpreting the Score:

             10 or Below:  Doubtful that you have any Internet addiction
                          11-20:   You have the beginnings of addiction and my be more hooked than you realize
                          21-30:  It is clear that you are addicted to some aspects of the Internet, and it may be doing                                            harm  in your social and personal life.
                     Over 30:  Your Internet addiction is severe enough that you should consider getting                                                              professional help for overcoming it.

 

 

 

Frejd, S. & Hart, A.D. (2013). The Digital Invasion: How technology is shaping you and your relationships. Grand Rapids, MI: BakerBooks.

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