Hi! And welcome to my online computer game addiction Test. I'll be using advanced logic and knowledge to determine how addicted you are to computer games. Yes, I have already assumed you are - who isn't who'd be doing this test?! Its all about how bad (or good) that addiction is...
 

Look at the statements below. If you agree with the statement, check the box.

Agree  
I feel great while playing a video game.
I feel unhappy, cranky or irritable when not playing.
I feel angry when someone asks me to stop.
I crave more playing time.
I think about the game when not playing.
More and more of my friends are "on line friends."
More and more of my friends are gamers.
I neglect family and friends in order to play video games.
I neglect responsibilities at home or at work.
I try to cut back on playing time but can't.
I play more often than I plan.
I play for longer periods than planned. I can't seem to quit.
I lie about my playing time.
I sometimes sneak time to play. Sometimes late into the night.
I spend more than twenty hours a week playing.
I continue to play in spite of negative consequences.
My family and friends think I play too much.
I have arguments with family or friends about how much time I spend playing.
I have large phone or credit bills for on-line games.
My games turn up as a top priority when I take the MediaWise "I'd Rather" Test.

The higher the number of boxes checked, "Agree", the more likely that video game addiction is a problem.

What should you do?

 

MediaWise "I'd Rather" Test

Background:
This test helps a gamer see how his/her gaming fits in with other life priorities.
Use this test with children, teens, and adults to help them form a more realistic picture of their attachment to gaming.
A true-life priority needs three ingredients: thought, feeling, and behavior. Only one or two ingredients does not make a priority.
For example, I may think that I value education, but then never study. Education is only a priority if I feel motivated and then act on it. Conversely, behavior alone does not necessarily mean something is a priority. For example, I may show up at a place of worship regularly so the behavior indicates that I value my religion. However, the real reason I show up is because I think it will make me look good in the eyes of my boss who attends the service regularly.
Helping a person form an honest picture of his/her life priorities involves assessing which activities are those where thinking, feeling, and behavior come together.

I'd Rather" Test:
1. With this background in mind ask the gamer you are concerned about to write down a list of all the things they do during the course of a week. The list usually includes things like eating, sleeping, spending time with family, playing a sport, engaging in a hobby, school and/or work, chores, going to movies, studying, hanging out with friends, etc.

2. Then have the gamer check as many of the following statements he/she thinks are true.

True  
I'd rather play games than hang out with my friends.
I'd rather play games than play any sports.
I'd rather play games than spend time with my family.
I'd rather play games than eat.
I'd rather play games than sleep.
I'd rather play games than talk on the phone.
I'd rather play games than go to school or work.
I'd rather play games than go to a movie.
I'd rather play games than watch TV.
I'd rather play games than watch TV.
I'd rather play games than listening to music.
I'd rather play games than exercise.

 
Now, list the things you'd rather do than play video games.
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If you have trouble thinking of things you'd rather do than play video games, they may have become the most important priority in your life. This could be the start of a slippery slope to video game addiction.

What should you do?

 

If you have the signs and symptoms of video game addiction yourself:

  • Try to listen to the concerns of others in an open and non-defensive manner.
     
  • Take the MediaWise video game addiction survey as honestly as you can.
     
  • Keep a ruthlessly honest diary of game play for one month. Write down when and for how long you played every day.
     
  • Write a list of any negative consequences you have experienced as a result of your video game play. Share the list with a concerned person to see if he/she thinks it is realistic and honest.
     
  • Make a commitment not to play of for a period of at least two weeks. See if you can keep the commitment and determine how not playing affects your feelings and your mood.
     
  • Ask your non-game playing friends or relatives whether or not they think you are addicted. Do not respond to what they say, just try to understand it.
     
  • Make a written inventory of how you think your video game play has affected your relationships with the important people in your life who are not gamers.
     
  • If your game play continues to be out of control seek professional help from a professional who understands addictions or from a treatment program that would be willing to treat video game addiction