Are You Addicted to the Internet? Take a Test and Find Out

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Time magazine reported recently on a study that found Internet addiction can cause people to suffer withdrawal symptoms similar to the reaction of those addicted to substances such as alcohol or drugs.  Internet addiction is defined as a "heavy user" who allows their Internet usage to affect their social or work life.

Surfing the Web followed by immediate stoppage produced a physical reaction.

The volunteers whom the earlier round of testing indicated were “addicted” to the Internet reported increased negative moods after they stopped surfing the net, suffering a “comedown” that researchers said was not unlike that experienced by people after using the drug ecstasy.

Gulp.

I love using the Internet, though recognize that it's easy for me to get sucked into reading blogs or Facebook rather than plowing through work that needs to get done.  Just to be on the safe side, I took the Internet Addiction test linked to in the Time article.

I scored a 32, which listed me as "an average on-line user. You may surf the Web a bit too long at times, but you have control over your usage."  Wheeeew.  I do feel that I mostly have a handle on my Internet usage, but I can also see where it becomes too easy to fall into bad patterns, especially when you have stressors in your face-to-face world. 

Do you think you're addicted to the Internet?  How did you score on the Internet Addiction test?

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Melissa writes Stirrup Queens and Lost and Found. Her novel about blogging is Life from Scratch.

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