Video Game addiction test

  • Does your child play video games for hours at a time?
  • Does he have few interests other than video games?
  • Is he suffering academically because of excessive video game playing?
  • Does he get angry or defensive when you ask him to cut back on the time he spends playing video games?

If so, take our quiz below to see if your child is addicted to video games.

1. Choose the best answer for each of the following questions.

2. Add the values in parenthesis for each of your choices (note that some of the scores are negative).

3. Review your results at the end of the questionnaire.

The type of game my child primarily plays is

a) MMORPG / MMO (e.g., World of Warcraft, Lineage, Runescape, Everquest) (3 points)

b) Real Time Strategy (e.g., Company of Heroes, Age of Empires, Command & Conquer, Warhammer) (3)

c) First Person Shooter (e.g., Team Fortress, Halo, Killzone, Unreal Tournament, Call of Duty) (2)

d) Action (e.g., Grand Theft Auto, Devil May Cry, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, Fallout, Assassin’s Creed) (2)

e) Sports (e.g., Madden NFL, NHL, FIFA Soccer, NBA Street, Fight Night) (1)

f) Fighter (e.g., Tekken, Street Fighter, Soulcalibur, Mortal Kombat, Dead or Alive, Virtua Fighter) (1)

g) Racing (e.g., Forza Motorsport, Need for Speed, Burnout, Gran Turismo) (1)

h) Puzzle (e.g., Bejeweled, Peggle, World of Goo) (0)

On an average weekday, my child plays video games for

a) 0 – 1 hour. (0)

b) 2 hours. (1)

c) 3 hours. (2)

d) 4 hours. (3)

e) 5 or more hours. (4)

On an average day on the weekend, my child plays video games for

a) 0 – 1 hour. (0)

b) 2 hours. (1)

c) 3 – 4 hours. (2)

d) 5 – 6 hours. (3)

e) 7 or more hours. (4)

I have unsuccessfully tried to reduce
the amount of time my child plays video games

a) Never. (0)

b) One time. (1)

c) Two times. (1)

d) Three times. (2)

e) Four or more times. (3)

If I did not set limits on video game time, my child would play

a) About the same amount as he / she does now. (0)

b) Somewhat more than he / she does now. (1)

c) Significantly more than he / she does now. (2)

d) Far more than he / she does now. (2)

My child has access to video games in his / her room

a) Yes. (2)

b) No. (0)

My child stays up late to play video games
and as a result, is tired the next morning

a) Never or rarely. (0)

b) Occasionally. (1)

c) Frequently. (2)

d) Almost always. (3)

My child is permitted to play video games before homework is completed

a) Never or rarely. (-1)

b) Occasionally. (0)

c) Frequently. (1)

d) Almost always. (2)

My child would prefer to play video games
by him/herself rather than go out with friends

a) Never or rarely. (0)

b) Occasionally. (1)

c) Frequently. (2)

d) Always. (3)

My child seems to have few friends outside of the gaming world

a) Not at all true. (0)

b) Somewhat true. (1.5)

c) Definitely true. (3)

My child hassuffered academically as a result of playing video games

a) Not at all true. (0)

b) Somewhat true. (1.5)

c) Definitely true. (3)

My child lies about how much time he / she spends playing video games

a) Not at all true. (0)

b) Probably true. (1)

c) Definitely true. (2)

My child is an active member in formal school activities or clubs

a) No, none at all. (2)

b) Yes, one activity or club. (0)

c) Yes, two activities or clubs. (-1)

d) Yes, three or more activities or clubs. (-2)

My child has interests/hobbies outside the world of video games

a) No, none at all. (3)

b) Yes, one other significant interest. (1)

c) Yes, two other significant interests. (-1)

d) Yes, three or more significant interests. (-2)

My child spends his/her own money buying
video games or subscribing to online gaming services

a) Never – He / she does not spend money on gaming. (0)

b) Rarely – He / she spends only a small portion of his / her money on games. (0)

c) Often – He / she spends a significant portion of his / her money on games. (1.5)

d) Always – He / she spends every Rupeeof his / her money on video games. (3)

Other family members are concerned about how much my child plays video games

a) No. Other know how much he / she plays but they are not worried about it. (-1)

b) No. Others do not know how much he / she plays. (0)

c) Yes, other family members are concerned about how much my child spends gaming. (2)

My child becomes irritable or anxious when he / she cannot
access his / her favorite video game (for example, when the computer is not working)

a) Never. (0)

b) Rarely. (0.5)

c) Often. (2)

d) Always. (3)

When not playing his / her favorite game,
my child spends time reading about it or discussing it online with other players

a) Never. (0)

b) Rarely. (0)

c) Occasionally. (1)

d) Often. (2)

My child becomes very angry or defensive when I ask him / her about his / her gaming habits

a) Never. (0)

b) Yes, occasionally. (1)

c) Yes, often. (2)

d) Yes, almost always. (2)

As a parent, I decide which games my child is permitted to play

a) Yes, always. (-1)

b) Usually. I screen most games and do not allow certain games into the house. (0)

c) Rarely. My child generally chooses which games he / she buys or installs. (2)

d) Never. My child buys and installs any game he / she wants to. (2)

My child makes arrangements to play online when his / her friends, or teamwill also be playing – even if this is at odd or inconvenient hours (like skipping school to play, late in the night):

a) Never. (0)

b) Rarely. (1)

c) Sometimes. (2)

d) Often. (3)

My child would have difficulty giving up all video games for one week

a) No, not at all. This would be very easy for my child. (-2)

b) My child wouldn’t like it, but he / she could do it without too many complaints. (1)

c) My child would have great difficulty giving up video games for one week. (2)

d) It would be virtually impossible for my child to give up video games for one week. (3)

My child eats meals while playing video games

a) Never, just a snack now and then. (0)

b) Sometimes.(1)

c) Often. (2)

My child admits that he / she plays video games too much

a) No. (0)

b) Yes. (3)

My child gets headaches, red eyes, sore fingers, or wrist pains from playing video games

a) Never or very rarely. (0)

b) Sometimes. (1)

c) Often. (2)

My child plays video games at the first available opportunity
(for example, as soon as arriving home from school, immediately after dinner, etc.)

a) Never. (0)

b) Rarely. (0)

c) Sometimes. (1)

d) Often. (2)

My child has had gaming sessions that lasted 7 or more hours nonstop

a) Never. (0)

b) Rarely. (2)

c) Sometimes. (3)

d) Often. (4)

My child does well academically in school

a) Never. (2)

b) Rarely. (1)

c) Usually. (-1)

d) Always. (-2)

Interpretation of your Score:

0 – 20 points

Likelihood of Video Game Addiction: LOW

Based on your answers, it does not appear that your child is addicted to video games or has a problem with excessive gaming. Keep in mind that playing videogames is now very common for both children and teens. It is still possible that your child occasionally plays for too long or neglects other responsibilities in favor of gaming – as long as this is not happening often it is probably nothing to be too concerned about. It is likely that your child plays video games as a way of relaxing, socializing with friends, or for simple entertainment, and that his or her play does not often interfere with other more important activities. The limits and structure you have provided for your child appear to working – keep it up!

21 – 40 points

Likelihood of Video Game Addiction: MODERATE

Based on your answers, it is possible that your child is developing problematic video gaming habits. While he or she may not yet be “addicted” you have probably noticed that some areas in his or her life are starting to be affected by excessive play. For example, you may have noticed that your child’s school grades have slipped, that he / she has an erratic sleeping schedule due to gaming, and that he / she has lost interest in formerly enjoyable activities. At this point you are in a prime position to step in and make the changes necessary to prevent your child’s excessive gaming habits from becoming an addiction. As a parent it is important to set clear boundaries, limits, and expectations for your child…and rules for video games are no exception.

41 – 60 points

Likelihood of Video Game Addiction: HIGH

Based on your answers, it is likely that your child is currently exhibiting many symptoms of video game addiction and that excessive video game play has affected multiple areas of his or her life. For example, it is likely that school grades have suffered, that your child seems disconnected from the family, and that he or she has lost interest in most activities other than gaming. If you have encouraged your child to cut back on his or her playing time this was likely met with resistance, defensiveness, or anger. Remember that you are still the parent and as such, must impose limits on your child that he or she will not like or understand at the time.If you do not feel capable of dealing with this situation entirely by yourself, you may find it helpful to seek professional help.

61 – 80 points

Likelihood of Video Game Addiction: VERY HIGH

Based on your answers, it is very likely that your child is addicted to video games and that this is negatively affecting numerous areas of his life. At this point it is likely that video games (probably MMORPG, real time strategy, or first person shooters) are the center of his or her world and that few (if any) other activities are of interest. He or she probably shows little or no interest in schoolwork, despite an almost certain deterioration in grades. In extreme cases, he or she may no longer be attending school. Your child probably plays video games until very late at night and may be sleeping during the day. Attempts to get him or her to cut back have probably been unsuccessful and met with considerable defensiveness or anger. It is important to consider the possibility that your child’s video game addiction is not only a problem in and of itself, but also co-exists with another psychological or emotional problem. Given the extent of the problem based on your answers, it is clear that action must be taken. If you do not feel capable of dealing with this situation entirely by yourself, you may find it helpful to seek professional help.

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