CyberSexual Abuse Test (CAT)

Created by Dr. Greenfield and used for many years in his practice at CITA, this short 12 question CyberSexual Abuse Test will help you determine if you have a tendency towards or a likely problem with Internet sexual abuse or addiction. The CyberSexual Abuse Test measures the impact of Internet use on your relationships and social life and can be completed in three minutes or less.

1. You find yourself spending an excessive amount of time in online sexual/pornographic chat rooms or web cam sites and/or engaging in subtle or explicit sexual conversations and/or masturbation.


2. You tend to find yourself gravitating towards one or more individuals with whom you have regularly scheduled online, or frequent unscheduled online contacts with.


3. You find yourself becoming more depressed, isolated, or lonely as you spend more time online.


4. You have made numerous attempts to have face-to-face or real-time contact with individuals met on the Internet (either by telephone, video, or personal meetings), and these meetings or phone/Skype/Face-time conversations involve sexual discussion and/or actual physical sexual contact.


5. You find yourself hiding information from your spouse, significant other, friends, or family, regarding the amount of time and/or your sexual activities on the Internet and you find yourself being secretive about the nature and the extent of your use of the Internet for sexual activity.


6. You accidentally find a sexually stimulating online situation or website on the Internet (pornography, cybersex, chat rooms, personals, web cam sites, prostitution, etc.) but now you find yourself actively seeking these sites and activities regularly when online.


7. You find yourself having frequent and/or compulsive thoughts about pornography, other online sexual activity/behavior, or for purposes of making sexual connections with others.


8. You find the anonymity, intimacy, lack of inhibition, and timelessness while having online sexual interactions to be more stimulating and satisfying than your real-time sexual, romantic, or intimate relationships.


9. You find it difficult to stop going online and feel compelled to do so on a frequent basis; you may have made commitments to others and/or promises to yourself not to access sexual or pornographic websites and you find yourself doing so anyway.


10. You experience guilt or shame about your sexual use of the Internet.


11. You engage in masturbation while online, at times to the exclusion of sex with your partner or spouse.


12. You find that significant individuals in your life, including spouse, significant other, friends or family are becoming troubled with the amount of time and/or energy you are devoting to your sexual use of the Internet. For example your husband, wife, or children, or other significant persons in your life are complaining about your absences or other behaviors due to online sexual activity.



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Disclaimer: It should be noted that no medical or psychiatric diagnosis can be made solely by a written test or screening instrument alone; this survey is intended for educational and informational purposes only. If your score is on the higher side it, would be reasonable to examine whether your use or over-use is creating any problems in work-life balance. If you are concerned about your Smartphone use, you may wish to consult with a mental health/addiction professional with expertise in Internet and Technology Addiction.