Internet Compulsion Self Test

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These tests provided are in no way intended to determine a diagnosis of addiction. They are intended, to be used by people, who suspect that they cannot control themselves in a particular area, in determining whether or not they need help.

 

Answer the following questions honestly to yourself:

· Do you routinely spend time in sex chat rooms and instant messaging with the sole purpose of finding cybersex?

· Do you feel preoccupied with using the Internet for cybersex?

· Do you frequently use anonymous communication to engage in sexual fantasies not typically carried out in real-life?

· Do you anticipate your next online session with the expectation that you will find sexual arousal or gratification?

· Do you move from cybersex to phone sex or even real-life meetings?

· Do you hide your online interactions from your significant other?

· Do you feel guilt or shame from your online use?

· Did you accidentally become aroused by cybersex at first, and now find that you actively seek it out when you log online?

· Do you masturbate when having cybersex or looking at online pornography?

· Do you feel less interest with your real-life sexual partner only to prefer cybersex as a primary form of sexual gratification?

If you answered "yes" to any of the above questions, you may be addicted to cybersex. With the availability of adult sites and sex chat rooms, more and more people like yourself have come to realize their initial curiosity has turned into addiction or obsession.

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

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 Does Not Apply

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

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

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 Does Not Apply

4. How often do you form new relationships with fellow on-line users?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

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

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

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 Does Not Apply

7. How often do you check your e-mail before something else that you need to do?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 =Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

8. How often does your job performance or productivity suffer because of the Internet?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

9. How often do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

10. How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

11. How often do you find yourself anticipating when you will go on-line again?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

12. How often do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, and joyless?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

13. How often do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

14. How often do you lose sleep due to late-night log-ins?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

15. How often do you feel preoccupied with the Internet when off-line, or fantasize about being on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

16. How often do you find yourself saying "just a few more minutes" when on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

17. How often do you try to cut down the amount of time you spend on-line and fail?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

18. How often do you try to hide how long you've been on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

19. How often do you choose to spend more time on-line over going out with others?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

20. How often do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back on-line?

1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always Does Not Apply

After you've answered all the questions, add the numbers you selected for each response to obtain a final score. The higher your score, the greater your level of addiction and the problems your Internet usage causes. Here's a general scale to help measure your score:

20 - 49 points: You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage.

50 -79 points: You are experiencing occasional or frequent problems because of the Internet. You should consider their full impact on your life.

80 - 100 points: Your Internet usage is causing significant problems in your life. You should evaluate the impact of the Internet on your life and address the problems directly caused by your Internet usage.

After you have identified the category that fits your total score, look back at those questions for which your scored a 4 or 5.

Did you realize this was a significant problem for you? For example, if you answered 4 (often) to Question #2 regarding your neglect of household chores, were you aware of just how often your dirty laundry piles up or how empty the refrigerator gets?

Say you answered 5 (always) to Question #14 about lost sleep due to late-night log-ins. Have you ever stopped to think about how hard it has become to drag yourself out of bed every morning? Do you feel exhausted at work? Has this pattern begun to take its toll on your body?

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