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 helpoffline.
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.