Signs & Symptoms of Internet Gaming Addiction

Signs & Symptoms of Computer & Internet/Gaming Addiction 


The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (#reSTART-BIGS) 

The Brief Internet and Gaming Screen (BIGS) has been developed by the reSTART professional group to help people better understand their Internet Gaming use  and assists people in making decisions about the way they engage in gaming activities. This tool is designed to examine areas of use which may become problematic over the last 12 months. 

For clarifcation, "games or gaming" are catchall terms which include online (ie., the Internet) and offline engagement with games (e.g., video games, console games, handheld games, cellular phone or tablet games, computer games) or use of other devices capable of playing games, and includes the viewing of current or past games being played or broadcast (e.g., eSports).

Computer/Addiction Screen (CASH)

by Dr. Hilarie Cash, Ph.D., founding member of the reSTART program

Here is what to look for (3-4 yes responses suggest abuse; 5 or more suggest addiction)

  • Increasing amounts of time spent on computer and internet activities
  • Failed attempts to control behavior
  • Heightened sense of euphoria while involved in computer and internet activities
  • Craving more time on the computer and internet
  • Neglecting friends and family
  • Feeling restless when not engaged in the activity
  • Being dishonest with others
  • Computer use interfering with job/school performance
  • Feeling guilty, ashamed, anxious, or depressed as a result of behavior
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Physical changes such as weight gain or loss, backaches, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Withdrawing from other pleasurable activities

In addition to these tools, there are currently 30 different instruments seeking to measure the following:

  • Problematic Internet Use (PIU)
  • Internet Addiction
  • Excessive Internet Use
  • Compulsive Internet Use
  • Generalized Problematic Use
  • Internet Gaming Disorder
  • Internet and Computer Game Addiction
  • Problems because of Internet Use
  • Problematic Internet Entertainment Use
  • Internet-related Experiences
  • Internet Inventory
  • Problematic Video Game Use

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