Greenfield Video Game Addiction Test (GVGAT)

Take our Video Game Addiction Test—a simple quiz to see if you are suffering from this specific form of Digital Distraction and if you could use an aid to your Digital Digestion. Our quiz may help you see if you are too digitally connected and if you might connect with your world better by disconnecting from your devices some of the time. The GVGAT may be the reminder you need to “Plug Back into Life!”

1. Do you feel a loss of control (the ability to stop playing) when using video games?


2. When you are not using video games, are you preoccupied with the game (e.g. thinking about it, reliving past experiences, planning your next time to use it, or thinking of when you’ll next have access to the game)?


3. Do you find that you spend greater amounts of time on video games to achieve satisfaction similar to your earlier use?


4. Do you find yourself seeking more stimulating (e.g. exciting, new, more challenging) video games?


5. Have you had repeated unsuccessful efforts to control, limit, or cut back your video game use?


6. Do you find yourself restless or irritable when attempting to (or forced to) cut down or stop using video games?


7. Are you using a video game as a way of escaping from problems or relieving a bad mood, (e.g. boredom, frustration, anxiety, anger, or depression, etc.)?


8. After spending what you consider an excessive amount of time on a video game, and vowing not to do so again, do you find yourself doing so again soon after?


9. Do you find yourself lying to family members, friends, therapists, or others to conceal the extent of your involvement with video games?


10. Do you find yourself committing illegal, harmful, or self-defeating acts related to your use of video games?


11. Have you jeopardized, impacted, or lost an educational opportunity, relationship, or job because of your use of video games?


12. Has your work or academic performance been impaired as a direct or indirect result of playing video games?


13. Have you experienced any health or medical problems as a result of your video game use?


14. Do you watch YouTube or other video streams of people playing video games?


15. If your parent or someone else removes your computer, tablet, Smartphone, or gaming console, do you experience anger or irritation?


16. Have you ever experienced a loss of sleep related to your video game use?


17. Do any of your friends or family think you have a problem with your video game use?


18. Do you lose track of time when using video games?


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Disclaimer: It should be noted that no medical or psychiatric diagnosis can be made solely by a written test or screening instrument alone; this survey is intended for educational and informational purposes only. If you score is on the higher side it would be reasonable to examine whether your use or over-use is creating any problems in work-life balance. If you are concerned about your Smartphone use, you may wish to consult with a mental health/addiction professional with expertise in Internet and Technology Addiction (Process/Behavioral Addictions).