According to the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), 65 percent of American adults play video games. Playing video games for several hours a day, however, doesn’t necessarily mean someone has a video game addiction.

The World Health Organization says that a video game addiction involves a lack of impulse control and continuance of gaming despite consequences on mental, physical or emotional health. If gaming starts to interfere with someone’s daily life, that’s typically when a gaming addiction could be diagnosed.

So, when does a healthy relationship with playing video games become an addiction? If you find yourself asking, “Am I addicted to video games?” take a video game addiction test to understand if your symptoms are related to this condition.

Gaming Addiction Self-Assessment

If you recognize symptoms of gaming addiction in yourself or a loved one, take this video game addiction quiz to help identify the signs. This quiz is a self-guided assessment that has been created from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders which is the standard criteria for diagnosing mental health and substance use disorders. Please note that this self-assessment cannot substitute an official diagnosis. Only a medical professional can diagnose gaming addiction. To determine whether you need video game addiction treatment, discuss your quiz results and symptoms with a mental health professional.

The gaming addiction quiz contains 12 questions related to video game addiction.

Please answer “yes” or “no” for each question. Based on your experiences in the past six months have you:

Been told by friends and family that they’re concerned with the amount of time you spend playing video games?
Tried limiting game time by switching games?
Gotten angry and insulted other players for making mistakes?
Spent a large amount of money on in-game purchases?
Experienced any physical pain from playing video games?
Found most everything else in life to be boring compared to gaming?
Spent a lot of time thinking about gaming when you’re not playing, or planning the next time you can play video games?
Felt restless, irritable, moody, angry, anxious, bored or sad when you try to limit your gameplay or are unable to play?
Lost interest in other hobbies you once enjoyed?
Continued to play a game even though you knew about the negative consequences, like not getting enough sleep, being late to work or school or neglecting responsibilities?
Lied to friends or family about the amount of time you spend gaming?
Used gaming as an escape from personal, financial or legal troubles?

Your confidential assessment results will appear on the next page. Please enter your information to proceed to your results.

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