Internet Addiction: Self-Test to Balance Work, Life and the Internet

June 20, 2008 at 5:25 pm 2 comments

Having a professional job in online marketing, as well as an online hobby, this blog, I am constantly working to keep my internet usage/exposure at check. Today, I thought maybe others could relate…especially when I overheard a couple teens talking on the metro on my way home about this very issue. Thus, I did a little search (is it ironic?) on the internet.

I came across the Center for Internet Addiction Recorvery, which has been treating internet addiction since 1995. The Center offers numerous downloads, resources and materials for groups broken down into therapists, lawyers, business, and then parents and schools. The Center recently launched it’s new blog, which is full of interesting information. From a brief glance, I read:

  • A debate about if internet addiction is really….real
  • that Korea is becoming the most addicted to the internet
  • about a case where a man died from playing Stargate for 50 straight hours
  • how the internet can cause marital problems of neglect (let alone affairs/adult content issues)

The most interesting part of this site, were the self-tests the Center offers. The most interesting is the IAT, Internet Addiction Test which is the supposed first validated and reliable test to measure internet addiction.

Go for it. Take the test and let us know what me know what you think. The questions alone helped me figure new ways to gauge my own internet dosage.

And, it got me thinking…if internet addiction is real, as it is currently being considered to be a new clinical disorder, I think that possibly, it goes beyond the individual’s responsibility to possibly us as whole. As a social media marketer…this definitely makes me think more about the services we are creating, that we are creating purposeful content.


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  • 1. Ody Leonard  |  June 22, 2008 at 6:27 pm

    Do CrackBerrys count as internet addiction? If so, that must be the most public display. I’ll need to remember to keep my Stargate sessions to 49 hrs max!

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  • 2. socialbutterfly4change  |  June 22, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    ha, crackberrys – that’s good. And is the very reason why I have been debating whether or not to take the plunge…once anyone I know gets one, they wish they would’ve…lol

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