Table 2

Summary of individual item response rates from the Internet Addiction Survey

Question

Not applicable

Rarely

Occasionally

Frequently

Often

Always


You find that you stay online longer than you intended

0%

6%

24%

28%

30%

10%

You neglect household chores to spend more time online

2%

28%

45%

13%

9%

2%

You prefer the excitement of the Internet to intimacy with your partner

30%

64%

4%

1%

0%

0%

You form new relationships with fellow online users

12%

62%

20%

4%

0.5%

.5%

Others in your life complain to you about the amount of time you spend online

14%

70%

13%

1%

1%

0%

Your grades or schoolwork suffer because of the amount of time you spend online

7%

50%

33%

6%

3%

1%

You check your email before something else that you need to do

4%

12%

28%

19%

18%

18%

Does your job performance or productivity suffer because of the Internet?

15%

53%

23%

6%

1%

1%

You become defensive or secretive when anyone asks you what you do online

18%

70%

12%

1%

0%

0%

You block out disturbing thoughts about your life with soothing thoughts of the Internet

21%

67%

10%

1%

.5%

.5%

You find yourself anticipating when you will go online again

11%

54%

27%

6%

2%

0%

You fear that life without the Internet would be boring, empty or joyless

15%

55%

21%

7%

1%

0.5%

You snap, yell or act annoyed if someone bothers you while you are online

21%

72%

5%

1%

0%

0%

You lose sleep due to late night logins

11%

50%

25%

9%

5%

0%

You feel preoccupied with the Internet when offline or fantasize about being online

21%

68%

8%

2%

1%

0%

You find yourself saying "Just a few more minutes" when online

7%

31%

33%

17%

7%

4%

You try to cut down the amount of time you spend online

7%

29%

38%

16%

8%

4%

You try to hide how long you've been online

15%

73%

8%

3%

1%

0.5%

You choose to spend more time online than going out with others

15%

74%

8%

2%

0%

0.5%

You feel depressed, moody or nervous when you are offline, which goes away when you are back online

22%

73%

3%

0.5%

1%

0%


Christakis et al. BMC Medicine 2011 9:77   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-9-77

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