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Screening Tool: Technology Addiction (aka internet addiction, cyberaddiction)

This test is the Internet Addiction Diagnostic Questionnaire (IADQ) and is designed to provide a quick screening of whether you might have problems with technology and internet addiction. However, no test is 100% accurate. No matter what your score is, you should seek help from a health professional if you have any concerns about yourself or your loved ones. Special thanks to Dr. Kimberley Young for permission to use this tool.


Please answer the following questions about your use of the internet, which includes use of any ‘screen’ (such as a computer screen, mobile device or tablet): 

1. Do you feel preoccupied with the Internet (thinking about previous online activity or anticipating the next online session)?
2. Do you feel the need to use the Internet for increasing amounts of time in order to achieve satisfaction?
3. Have you repeatedly made unsuccessful efforts to control, cut back, or stop Internet use?
4. Do you feel restless, moody, depressed, or irritable when attempting to cut down or stop Internet use?
5. Do you stay online longer than originally intended?
6. Have you jeopardized or risked the loss of significant relationship, job, educational or career opportunity because of the Internet?
7. Have you lied to family members, therapist, or others to conceal the extent of involvement with the Internet?
8. Do you use the Internet as a way of escaping from problems or of relieving mood problems? (such as feeling helpless, guilty, anxious, depressed)


  • A diagnosis of technology addiction is suggested by five or more “yes” answers to the questionnaire.


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