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 Joshua, 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, Joshua feels people around him are spending way too much time on their devices. It irritates him when he sees people using their phones in front of him, and he often comments about what he describes as ‘phone addition’ and that they need to live in ‘the real world’.
“I fear that ICT devices will do me physical harm.”
The physical risks some older adults are concerned about focus on the fear that ICT devices may do physical harm. For example, Joshua is worried that he’ll damage his eyesight and need new glasses or get a repetitive strain injury by using a mouse.