When a new client comes to me, often they are unsure if they have a problem or how bad the problem is. In session, I ask targeted questions to quickly spotlight where their online use is shameful, damaging or hurtful.
Even before coming to therapy, there are ways to measure online addiction and the damage it causes. The IAT (Internet Addiction Test) was created by Dr. Kimberly Young and consists of twenty simple questions about online usage. After taking the test, you can score yourself and get feedback on how serious your Internet addiction might be.
What I like about tests of this kind is they can be done in private, without fear of anyone finding out. Therapy is also confidential, though it requires trusting at least one other person with your secrets. However the IAT was created in 1995 and it doesn't necessarily reflect how our online culture has changed over the last 20 years. And while the IAT does a great job of addressing common, general problems, it can't speak to individual differences or specific situations.
If you'd like to take the IAT for yourself, it can be found at The Center for Internet Addiction. http://netaddiction.com/internet-addiction-test/
I specialize in the assessment and treatment of Online and Internet addiction, including porn addiction. If you would like to speak to me about possible Internet Addiction, Please call me at 404-530-9057 and I would be happy to consult with you.
Gordon Shippey, MA, LPC