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 Margarete, 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 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, Margarete feels people around her are spending way too much time on their devices. It irritates her when she sees people using their phones in front of her, and she often comments about what she describes as ‘phone addition’ and that they need to live in ‘the real world’.  

 
“I fear that I might become addicted to ICT.”
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Example 2

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, Margarete loves her Zoom book club, but she is worried about spending an increasing amount of time in front of her computer. After the covid pandemic is over, she worries that the convenience of Zoom has made her and the other book club members addicted to their computers and that they will no longer have face-to-face club meetings like they used to in 2019.

 

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