There are some serious tests for internet addiction,
some can be
found here and a report from Oct. 2006 here. Though I have answered some questions on these tests in the affirmative, most don't
apply to me.....yet. I do spend a lot of time in front of the
computer these days, though. So I came up with this test for myself,
which I may be adding to:
From a news story (AP) on Oct. 20, 2006
"The survey of 2,500 adults found between 6 and 14 percent of online users report some form Internet compulsion. The computer addicts admitted neglecting work, school and family -- as well as food and sleep to hang out online.
The Stanford research team focused on signs that people had an uncontrollable compulsion, especially for cases in which people used online interaction to substitute for real interaction with people in the non-online world.
One Stanford psychiatrist said habitual Internet use sounds almost like a substance abuse problem. The researchers said more study is needed."
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