Perceived
Physical Risk

Finally, some people are concerned that ICT products and services can be dangerous and might cause physical harm. Perceptions of physical risk appear through concerns around ICT addiction and the impact to mental and physical health. Examples of this physical risks include physical inactivity, becoming addicted to ICT, eyesight, or strain injury.

For Amon, these perceptions of risk manifest in the following ways:

 
 
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“I fear that I might become addicted to ICT.”

Example 1

This risk presents itself when older people are surprised by the amount of time that has passed when on their device, and they have a fear of becoming addicted to it. For instance, Amon prefers to use his time chatting and playing cards with friends from his ethnic community. He believes going online might isolate him from his friends.

 
“I fear being too physically inactive.”
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Example 2

Physical risks may manifest as a fear that one will become physically inactive if one spends time with an ICT device. For example, Amon thinks spending too much time in front of the computer might make him sedentary and create health problems.

 

Can you relate to those example above?  Go to strategies to learn about how Amon can address these issues.