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 Dawn, these perceptions of risk manifest in the following ways:
“I fear that I might become addicted to ICT.”
This risk presents when older people are surprised with the amount of time that has past when on their device and they have the fear of becoming addicted to it. For instance, Dawn loves playing ‘Words with Friends” on her tablet. The other day she sat down to play while having a cup of tea and the next time she looked at her watch, three hours had passed. She is concerned she is addicted to the game.
“I fear being too physically inactive.”
Physical risks may manifest as a fear that one will become physically inactive he or she are spending time with an ICT device. For example, Dawn is worried that her sister spends too much time sitting in front of the computer watching YouTube clips and she is concerned her sister isn’t being physically active enough and won’t be able to maintain her health.