Principal Investigator: Jeremy Hays
Study Title: Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming Addiction Scale
Institution: Middle Tennessee State University

The following information is provided to inform you about the research project and your participation in it. Please read this form carefully and feel free to ask any questions you may have about this study and the information given below. You will be given an opportunity to ask questions, and your questions will be answered. Also, you will be given a copy of this consent form.

Your participation in this research study is voluntary. You are also free to withdraw from this study at any time. In the event new information becomes available that may affect the risks or benefits associated with this research study or your willingness to participate in it, you will be notified so that you can make an informed decision whether or not to continue your participation in this study.

For additional information about giving consent or your rights as a participant in this study, please feel free to contact the MTSU Office of Compliance at (615) 494-8918.

By clicking the continue button below, you understand and consent to the following:

1. You are at least 18 years old.

2. You spend at least 10 hours per week playing massively multiplayer online (MMO) games.

3. You are being asked to fill out a questionnaire about your MMO gaming habits. The questionnaire should only take about 15-20 minutes.

4. There is no cost to you, other than time.

5. At the conclusion of the study, 5 participants will be selected at random to receive $25.00.

6. The benefit to science and humankind that may result from this study is the development of a scale that can be used to identify and assess the level of MMO gaming addiction. In time, it is possible that this scale could be used in developing treatments for people having real-life problems dealing with addiction.

7. If you do not answer the questionnaire truthfully and completely, you will be withdrawn from the study and the ability to receive the compensation listed in item 5.

8. You may withdraw from the study at any time. Doing so will remove you from the ability to receive the compensation listed in item 5.

Contact Information. If you should have any questions about this research study or possible injury, please feel free to contact Jeremy Hays at or my Faculty Advisor, Jwa Kim at

Confidentiality. Only an email address is being requested. It is only to be used in order to contact the 5 participants that will receive the $25 compensation and to pay the selected participants via PayPal. All surveys are collected with complete anonymity and no other personal identification will be used.

By clicking below, I am showing that I have read this informed consent document and the material contained in it has been explained to me verbally. I understand each part of the document, all my questions have been answered, and I freely and voluntarily choose to participate in this study.

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