How do you know if you’re already addicted or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? The Internet Addiction Test is the first validated and reliable measure of addictive use of the Internet. Developed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the IAT, this 20-item questionnaire measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Addiction. To assess your level of addiction, answer the following questions using this scale: 1 = Rarely 2 = Occasionally 3 = Frequently 4 = Often 5 = Always
_____ 1. How often do you find that you stay on-line longer than you intended? _____ 2. How often do you neglect household chores to spend more time on-line? _____ 3. How often do you prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner? _____ 4. How often do you form new relationships with fellow on-line users? _____ 5. How often do others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online? _____ 6. How often do your grades or school work suffer because of the amount of time you spend on-line? _____ 7 How often do you check your e-mail before . something else that you need to do? _____ 8. How often does your job performance or productivity suffer because of the Internet? _____ 9. How often do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do on-line? _____ 10. How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet?
_____ 11. How often do you find yourself anticipating when you will go on-line again? _____ 12. How often do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, and joyless? _____ 13. How often do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online? _____ 14. How often do you lose sleep due to late-night log-ins? _____ 15. How often do you feel preoccupied with the Internet when off-line, or fantasize about being on-line? _____ 16. How often do you find yourself saying “just a few more minutes” when on-line? _____ 17 How often do