Have you taket the Internet Addiction Test (IAT)?

@shizuoka (352)
United States
April 26, 2008 3:03am CST
I just read an article on Yahoo! entitled "Are You an Internet Addict." It says that Serbia is now treating people for internet addiction. You can read the article at http://tech.yahoo.com/blog/hughes/6574 While you are there, click on the link to take the IAT, Internet Addiction Test. I took it and was told I have normal usage. What was your score? Do you think people are seriously, medically addicted to the internet? Do they then have withdrawals? How would you cure such a thing? Cold turkey?
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6 responses
• United States
26 Apr 08
Hmm a addiction is a addiction so cold turkey probally wouldnt be a good idea. My mother suffers from internet addiction, and is complete denial about it .If shes not at work or church thn shes on the computer end of story. She says this is how she likes to spend her free time. But I see it as a addiction.
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@terri0824 (4991)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Yes, I like to wind down from a hard days work being on the internet, but it's usually between MyLot, Yuwie and Pogo where you can find me. It's my form of entertainment that I enjoy, I don't consider it an addiction though.
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Did you take the test? (just kidding you know)
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@Elixiress (3893)
26 Apr 08
I am an average internet user so the test says. My score was 38. I think people can be addicted to the internet, you hear the rare story about people dying at their computer or game console, because they refused to move and people have been found to not have eaten in days and have been to the toilet in bottles and pots around them, because they refused to move to the toilet.
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
26 Apr 08
No way! Really? That sounds like that movie with Adam Sandler, "Idiocity?" Amazing. Glad to hear the test gave you the thumbs up.
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@paid2write (5202)
26 Apr 08
I took the test and the result was 32 "You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage." I need to be at my computer to work and most of my internet activities are work related or money earning ones. I always shut down in the evening and do something else and I always go out for a few hours so I am not on the internet too much.
@shizuoka (352)
• United States
26 Apr 08
Hi paid2write. Sorry about that hideous typo in the title. I stay up late using my computer, but that's because my husband and kids won't let me use it during the day. I need a laptop! Glad to hear you passed the test.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
27 Apr 08
I scored 33, shizuoka, and following was remarked: "You are an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage." Though internet is a very important part of my life now, as I am a doctorate student and my work, usually, also involve reading articles online on different scientific journals, searching for related research papers to my work, correspondence with academia in different parts of the world and such. At home, my family is away from me, so internet is the only way I can talk to them and see them 'live'. I do look forward to coming to internet to have a chat with my partner and to see my family. I also like to converse with my friends here and on other groups where my countrymen meet. Still, I enjoy my off-line time. A walk in the morning or evening or even at night, playing cricket, billiard, and some other games with my friends here. In fact, I'll go this afternoon too. So, yes, while I enjoy being online for my work and to communicate with family and friends, I like to spend time off-line too! :-)
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@shizuoka (352)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I imagine that if you have to use the internet for work or school it serves to upset the equation slightly. I use it quite a bit, but spend more time writing offline. Balance is the key and it sounds like you have that.
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@kamran12 (5555)
• Pakistan
30 Apr 08
Yes, shizuoka, you are right; balance is the key. I know for sure that if my family was here with me, I would have scored much less or at least less!
@comfort55 (1574)
• India
26 Apr 08
Oh great! my score is 27 and I am average user. Thanks for the info,I was a bit worried before that.
@shizuoka (352)
• United States
28 Apr 08
27 is a nice score - sounds like you have nothing to worry about.
27 Apr 08
I scored 53.
@shizuoka (352)
• United States
27 Apr 08
Oh, oh. Are you worried? I'm guessing that you won't be running right off to the psychiatrist's office. :)
27 Apr 08
Nah not that worried because my next semester started in university so I know that won;t have that kind of time now.