In case you needed to be told, there’s a multiple choice quiz made by Psych Central designed to “help you determine if you need to see a mental health or other social services professional to help you successfully deal with ‘Internet Addiction.'”
The quiz is 20 questions long, and there’s a bit of a disclaimer in the beginning that says it’s not meant to be an official diagnosis, but instead simply a screening measure to let you know if you have an “unhealthy relationship with the Internet.”
Vice recently posted an article in which a writer took the quiz and outlined her thought processes/answers throughout its duration. She says that addiction to the ‘net has not yet been officially recognized in the DSM-V, but there are apparently various rehab centers for addiction, therapists who specialize in the condition, as well as Internet & Tech Addiction Anonymous.
There are some questions that are fairly mild and that I feel like most people would give an addiction-related answer to, like “How often do you find that you stay online longer than you intended?” (literally every time).
Another question asks “Do you neglect household chores to spend more time online?” (well, I’ve been neglecting folding my laundry for the past three hours, so I guess that one’s a yes too).
But there are other questions that err on the side of extreme, like, “If this one’s a yes, you might as well go ahead and scrap the rest of the quiz ’cause you’ve got a problem.” For example: “Do you snap, yell or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online?”
Or this one: “Do you fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty, or joyless?”
It’s kind of hard to believe that there are people out there who would actually answer “yes” to these questions. With the way that all types of media content are becoming Internet-based, you would have to assume that those types of people are only going to become more common as time progresses. I would not be at all surprised to see Internet addiction become recognized in the DSM-V within the next 10-15 years, maybe even sooner.
FWIW, I scored a 16 on the quiz, which classified me in the “Borderline ‘Net addiction” category. According to the quiz, I “may want to look to seek a more harmonious balance between (my) online use and (my) real-world life just to be on the safe side.”
Better cut back a bit.