When Might Gameplay Be a Problem?

If you, a friend or a family member has concerns about your relationship with video games, please take a moment to ask yourself the below questions. While this list of questions is not meant to be comprehensive, or serve as a medical or psychological diagnostic test, answering yes to one or more of the following questions may help you identify the need to set limits, take a break from video games, and/or seek help from a trusted professional.

  • Is your gameplay interfering with your work?
  • Is your gameplay negatively impacting your home life?
  • Have you lost interest in hobbies and activities you previously enjoyed, preferring to play video games instead?
  • Do you find it difficult to limit the amount of time you spend playing video games?
  • Have you ever felt sad or remorseful after playing a video game?
  • Does playing video games decrease your ambition or efficiency?
  • Do you ever spend more money on video games than you can afford?
  • Do you lie about or hide how much time or money you spend playing video games?
  • Do your real life problems and challenges create an urge to play video games?
  • Have you ever considered harming yourself as a result of your gameplay?
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