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Are You Or Your Child Addicted to Online Games? An Online Assessment Tool

2013 May 1

ResearchBlogging.orgIn an upcoming issue of Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, Papay and colleagues[1] provide psychometric evidence for the short-form Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (developed earlier and published in PLOS ONE[2]) using a national sample of 5,045 high school students.  The short-form version is especially interesting because it has six dimensions over just twelve items.  However, the authors found evidence of adequate model fit to the six-factor solution.

Problematic online gaming is related to low self-esteem, depression, and other negative consequences to your psychological health. Below, you can complete the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (short-form) and get an assessment of your own addiction. If you wish to assess someone else, it is important that they complete the assessment themselves; don’t read it to them. After you submit your answers, additional analysis of your responses will appear comparing you to the sample collected by the research team and indicating your risk factors.

Please note: You must respond to every question to learn your results. Your responses are entirely local to your own computer (your responses will remain unknown to anyone but you).  You must also complete this survey on the website on this page (click “read more…” if you see it!).

When you are not gaming online, how often do you think about playing a game or think about how would it feel to play at that moment?
How often do you play online games longer than originally planned?
How often do you feel depressed or irritable when not gaming online only for these feelings to disappear when you start playing?
How often do you feel that you should reduce the amount of time you spend gaming online?
How often do the people around you complain that you are gaming online too much?
How often do you fail to meet up with a friend because you were gaming online?
How often do you daydream about gaming online?
How often do you lose track of time when gaming online?
How often do you get restless or irritable if you are unable to play online games for a few days?
How often do you unsuccessfully try to reduce the time you spend on online gaming?
How often do you argue with your parents and/or your partner because of online gaming?
How often do you neglect other activities because you would rather game online?

Analysis of your responses will appear below these buttons.

Results: Results will appear here after you click Calculate. Remember, you must answer all questions.
  1. Pápay, O., Urbán, R., Griffiths, M., Nagygyörgy, K., Farkas, J., Kökönyei, G., Felvinczi, K., Oláh, A., Elekes, Z., & Demetrovics, Z. (2013). Psychometric Properties of the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire Short-Form and Prevalence of Problematic Online Gaming in a National Sample of Adolescents Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking DOI: 10.1089/cyber.2012.0484 []
  2. Demetrovics, Z., Urbán, R., Nagygyörgy, K., Farkas, J., Griffiths, M., Pápay, O., Kökönyei, G., Felvinczi, K., & Oláh, A. (2012). The Development of the Problematic Online Gaming Questionnaire (POGQ) PLoS ONE, 7 (5) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0036417 []
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