Mirrored with permission from Newsweek.com

INTERACTIVE QUIZ

Addicted To Your Computer?
Take Our Online Quiz To Find Out

Call them addicts, or call them compulsive users. But whatever the label, psychologists have no doubt that growing numbers of Web surfers are developing unhealthy dependencies on Internet use. "Whether it's a true addiction, or whether it's a symptom of other compulsive behaviors, like gambling, people are losing control," says Maressa Hecht Orzack, (http://www.computeraddiction.com/) a Harvard University Medical School psychologist who runs a clinic that specializes in treating this problem at McLean Hospital. "It's an emerging disorder, suffered by people who find the virtual reality on computer screens more attractive than everyday reality."

Newsweek.com, in consultation with Dr Orzack, has devised this simple interactive quiz to help you decide whether you're spending too much non-work time at the keyboard. To complete it, simply check the boxes which describe your situation, then add them up to check your danger level. And remember: these are general guidelines, not a professional diagnosis. But if your score does raise any red flags, think about seeking help—offline.

JavaScript-enabled Browser Required
This quiz uses JavaScript. It will only work in a fully JavaScript-enabled browser such as: Netscape Navigator 3.x, 4.x or 5.x or Internet Explorer 4.x and 5.x

If you do not have one of these browsers, you can get them here or you can total your "Yes" answers and evaluate your score using these scoring criteria.

1. Do you experience a sense of euphoria, excitement or relief when you're at the computer?

- Yes
- No

2. Do you need to spend more and more time at the computer in order to achieve the same feeling?

- Yes
- No

3. Do you feel empty, depressed or irritable when you're not at the computer?

- Yes
- No

4. Have you ever missed an appointment because you were too involved with a non-urgent computer activity?

- Yes
- No

5. Do you spend more than three hours a day surfing the Web?

- Yes
- No

6. If most of your computer use is at work, do you participate in chat rooms during this time and/or find yourself spending time on non-work Internet sites more than twice during your working day?

- Yes
- No

7. Do you routinely download pornography from the Internet?

- Yes
- No

8. Do you find it easier to talk to people online than in person?

- Yes
- No

9. Do friends or family tell you you spend too much time online?

- Yes
- No

10. Have your grades dropped or your job performance declined because of your time online?

- Yes
- No

11. Have you ever tried -- and failed -- to limit time spent at your computer?

- Yes
- No

12. Does your little finger sometimes feel numb after using a key pad?

- Yes
- No

13. Do you lie about the amount of time you spend on computer activities?

- Yes
- No

14. Do you suffer from carpal tunnel syndrome?

- Yes
- No

15. Do you have regular backaches (more than once a week)?

- Yes
- No

16. Do you have a problem with dry eyes?

- Yes
- No

17. Do you crave more time online?

- Yes
- No

18. Do you skip meals or eat at your computer so that you can stay online?

- Yes
- No

19. Do you ever sacrifice personal hygiene, such as shaving or showering, to spend time on computer activities?

- Yes
- No

20. Have you experienced sleep disturbances or changes in sleep patterns since you started using your computer daily?

- Yes
- No


Please click on the "Calculate Results" button when you are finished. Within a few seconds you will receive your score and information to help you interpret your score.



Upon submission your results will apear in the textbox above
(Maximum is 20, anything over 10 bodes ill).
For more information click here.



© 1999 by David Weinstein, bambooyou.com Inc.