Chen Internet Addiction Scale

The Chen Internet Addiction Test was developed by Dr. Chin-Yi Chen, MD, in order to determine internet addiction in students and young people. This tool is free for anyone who are interested in this kind of test!

Questions for Chen Internet Addiction Scale

1.

I was told more than once that I spend too much time online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
2.

I feel uneasy once I stop going online for a certain period of time.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
3.

I find that I have been spending longer and longer periods of time online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
4.

I feel restless and irritable when the Internet is disconnected or unavailable.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
5.

I feel energized online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
6.

I stay online for longer periods of time than intended.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
7.

Although using the Internet has negatively affected my relationships, the amount of time I spend online has not decreased.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
8.

More than once, I have slept less than four hours due to being online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
9.

I have increased substantially the amount of time I spend online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
10.

I feel distressed or down when I stop using the Internet for a certain period of time.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
11.

I fail to control the impulse to log on.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
12.

I find myself going online instead of spending time with friends.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
13.

I get backaches or other physical discomforts from spending time surfing the net.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
14.

Going online is the first thought I have when I wake up each morning.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
15.

Going online has negatively affected my schoolwork or job performance.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
16.

I feel like I am missing something if I don’t go online for a certain period of time.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
17.

My interactions with family members have decreased as a result of Internet use.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
18.

My recreational activities have decreased as a result of Internet use.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
19.

I fail to control the impulse to go back online after logging off for other work.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
20.

My life would be joyless without the Internet.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
21.

Surfing the Internet has negatively affected my physical health.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
22.

I have tried to spend less time online but have been unsuccessful.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
23.

I make it a habit to sleep less so that more time can be spent online.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
24.

I need to spend an increasing amount of time online to achieve the same satisfaction as before.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
25.

I fail to have meals on time because of using the Internet.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience
26.

I feel tired during the day because of using the Internet late at night.

The answer should be a single choice:
  1. Does not match my experience at all
  2. Probably does not match my experience
  3. Probably matches my experience
  4. Definitely matches my experience

Chen Internet Addiction Scale FAQ

What is the Chen internet addiction scale?
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Basically, it is a 26-item self-assessment questionnaire that deals with the warning signs of Internet addiction.

What are the uses of Chen's internet addiction scale?
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It helps identify early signs of compulsive online usage, tolerance, and withdrawal levels, along with other addiction aspects

How to score this internet addiction scale?
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The individual scores of the Chen internet addiction scale are noted, and then they are added all together to find the net score, which ranges from 26-104.

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