If you, a friend, or a family member have concerns about your relationship with video games, please take a moment to ask yourself the following questions.
Please note that the list of questions below is not meant to be comprehensive or serve as a medical or psychological diagnostic test.
Answering yes to one or more of the following questions may help you identify the need to set limits, take a break from video games, and/or seek help from a trusted professional.
- Is your gameplay conflicting with your work?
- Is your gameplay negatively affecting your home life?
- Have you lost interest in hobbies and activities that you previously enjoyed because you prefer playing video games?
- Do you find it troublesome to limit the amount of time you consume by playing video games?
- Have you ever felt sad or regretful after playing a video game?
- Does playing video games reduce your drive or performance?
- Do you ever spend more money on video games than you can afford?
- Do you lie about or hide how much time or money you spend playing video games?
- Do your real-life problems and difficulties create an urge to play video games?
- Have you ever contemplated harming yourself as a result of your gameplay?