Am I a Video Game Addict?

Are you a Video Game (VGame) Addict? Take this short survey to see if you need further evaluation.

Adapted from Ten Symptoms of Computer Addiction (by James Fearing, Ph.D)

Circle the question number for each "yes" answer

    1. A demonstrated "loss of control" when trying to stop or limit the amount of time playing VGames. (Breaking promises to self or others. Promising to quit or cut down and not being able to do so)

    2. Being dishonest or minimizing the extent of the time you playing VGames, or covering up or being dishonest about what activities you participate in when playing Video Games.

    3. Negative consequences experienced by the VGame user or friends or family as a direct result of time or activities spent playing VGames.

    4. Participation in high risk or normally unacceptable behaviors when playing VGames on the computer... Compromising your morals and values based on the opportunity to remain anonymous and protected on the computer. (a good test for this is to ask yourself if your spouse, partner or family would approve of what you were doing on the computer)

    5. An overdeveloped sense of importance for playing VGames in ones life. Defending your right to playing VGames as much as desired, regardless of the fact that people in your life are feeling left out and neglected. (denial of the problem and justification; not being able to hear or feel what the other people are saying regarding your playing behavior)

    6. Mixed feelings of euphoria (a "rush"), combined with feelings of guilt brought on by either the inordinate amount of time spent on Video Games or the abnormal behavior acted out while playing VGames.

    7. Feelings of depression or anxiety when something or someone shortens your time or interrupts your plans to play VGames.

    8. Preoccupation with playing VGames when you are not playing VGames (thinking about the playing games when doing something else; i.e. having a family dinner, working on project deadline etc.

    9. Finding yourself playing VGames at times when you are feeling uncomfortable, irritated, or sad about something happening in your life. ( feeling uncomfortable in your relationship, so you will self medicate and "hide out" on the computer) Playing VGames to become externally focused outside yourself as a way to avoid facing what is happening in your life, and avoiding feeling the appropriate feelings inside yourself. (self medicating)

    10. Experiencing financial concerns or problems in your life as a result of money being spent on VGames, hardware, computer on-line charges, or any other costs associated with playing VGames. (Spending money on VGames related items which should have been allocated to other normal living expenses)

If you said yes to one question you may have a problem with VG addiction. If you said yes to two questions, there is a good chance you do have a problem with VG addiction. If you answered yes to three or more, you are demonstrating a pattern of behavior which would suggest that you are addicted to your video games.

This questionnaire was adapted from Ten Symptoms of Computer Addiction developed by James Fearing, Ph.D., at the National Counseling Center in Minneapolis, MN.

Click Here for an interesting report on Video Game Addiction on WebMD