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Monday, January 5, 2009

A Test For Internet Addiction Disorder - Take At Your Own Risk

When I announced the discovery of "Blooger Mood Disorder," I had no idea what I was getting into. Next came, Bloggernoia and SiteMeter Fever elucidated by Robert Stacy McCain, then SiteMeter Envy.

I never should have started on this path. I have stumbled on "Internet Addition Disorder," which disproportionately affects Chinese internet users, and a blog devoted to recovery.

What is Internet Addiction Disorder? Well, there is a test to see if you have it:
  1. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (think about previous on-line activity or anticipate next on-line session)?
  2. Do you feel the need to use the Internet with increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
  3. Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
  4. Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
  5. Do you stay on-line longer than originally intended?
  6. Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
  7. Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
  8. Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving a dysphoric mood (e.g., feelings of helplessness, guilt, anxiety, depression)?

Answering "Yes" to five of the eight questions means you are addicted. What a stupid test. Most of these questions apply to everyone. Don't they? Please say they do. Please.


  1. I answer "no" to question 3 as I have never made successful or unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use. I resent all the remaining questions on this quiz.

  2. All blank answers count as a "yes." You'll have to do better!