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Game Addiction Test


Internet Addiction Quiz

How do you know if a loved one or someone you know is addicted to gaming or rapidly tumbling toward trouble? This Game Addiction Test is a reliable measure.  Based on the Internet Addiction Test developed by Dr. Kimberly Young, the PAT is a 20-item questionnaire that measures mild, moderate, and severe levels of Internet Gaming Addiction.
To assess your level of game dependency or of someone else, answer the following questions:

Video Game Addiction Test

Progress:

How often do you find that you play a video game longer than you intended?

How often do you neglect household chores to spend more time playing a video game?

How often do you prefer the excitement of video games over being with friends or family?

How often do you form new relationships online with other gamers?

How often do others in your life complain to you about your video game use?

How often do your grades or school work suffer because of the amount of time you spend playing video games?

How often do you play video games before something else that you need to do?

How often does your job performance or productivity suffer because you are playing video games?

How often do you become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do on the computer?

How often do you block out disturbing thoughts about your life with thoughts of video games you play?

How often do you find yourself anticipating when you will play again?

How often do you fear that life without video games would be boring, empty, and joyless?

How often do you snap, yell, or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are playing?

How often do you lose sleep due to late-night game sessions?

How often do you feel preoccupied with gaming?

How often do you find yourself saying "just a few more minutes" when playing a video game?

How often do you try to cut down the amount of time you spend playing?

How often do you try to hide that you have been playing video games?

How often do you choose to spend time playing video games over going out with others?

How often do you feel depressed, moody, or nervous when you are off-line, which goes away once you are back playing?

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5 Tips to NOT Enable a Gamer’s MMO Addiction


addicted gamerMMO stands for Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing game. The most popular of these complex video games being World of Warcraft. Players develop virtual characters, interact with one another, cooperate, implement strategies. World of Warcraft alone is a more than $2 billion dollar industry! So you can imagine, even if you have never played, just how sophisticated and compelling an experience they must be creating for their players.

A unique aspect of an MMO game is that the game goes on, no matter what, whether you are playing or not because at any given moment, thousands or players are playing. There is no beginning or end. When a player is not playing, he is “missing” the action and falling behind other players that continue or play more frequently. The incentive or need to log in as many hours as possible is built in to the concept of the MMO game.

The unique set of characteristics of these games adds up to an experience that can be highly habit forming, if not downright addictive. Of course not all players get hooked, and for some it is a healthy hobby but for countless players, games like World of Warcraft of become a highly significant part of their life to the point that life can actually revolve around playing the game and the line between real life and gaming gets blurred.

It is not uncommon for players to spend a few hours daily playing, making it a routine part of their day. Many players have been known to lose days of sleep and anecdotal tales abound of  gamers showing many major symptoms of addiction. Gamers have lost  jobs, failed school, alienated friends, suffered physical symptoms of lack of sleep and nutrition, all due to their obsession and drive to log in as many hours as possible playing their chosen video game.

So what do you do if your son or daughter has started to play an MMO game on the Internet? First of all, of course playing in and of itself is not bad. These games offer a rich and interesting entertainment experience. But how can you make sure you do not play a part in enabling their compulsion to play?

Here are some tips to avoid enabling someone’s gaming  from turning to addiction:

1. Try to understand why your child is playing and if it is a healthy experience or if it is fulfilling a void, like a lack of friendships. Observe how much time the child spends playing, when they play, how they are acting before, during and after. Be aware of the role the game is playing in their life by simply paying attention and talking about the experience with them, without being judgmental.

2. Don’t take over their responsibilities to enable them to spend more time playing. For example, if they lose their after school job or don’t work, and should be, don’t provide them with spending money — don’t change your reasonable expectations.

3. Don’t schedule meals to meet their gaming needs. Don’t bring them meals to their room so that they can keep playing, even if they refuse to take a break.

4. Don’t pick up the slack in household chores — if they should clean their room and don’t, don’t do it for them. If they forgot to do homework and need last minute help, allow them to deal with the consequences themselves.

5. If the consequences for their behavior start adding up and the child does not recognize the problem or seek your guidance, approach them at a calm moment and express your concerns.

This is not about punishment or showing anger or disappointment. You need to avoid making the habit too comfortable so that the child or teen will recognize, on their own, that they are giving something up in order to maintain their gaming habit.

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    • Sheryl Sitman has been dedicating her career to advocating for a healthier Internet and increasing awareness of the potential risks of being online.