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 Rosa, these perceptions of risk manifest in the following ways:
“I fear that I might become addicted to ICT.”
This risk presents itself when older people are surprised by the amount of time that has passed on their device, and they fear becoming addicted. For instance, Rosa uses her mobile phone for everything, including chatting with family and friends back in her homeland. Due to differences in time zone, she spends both her days and part of her evenings plugged into the phone. She thinks it is a lot, but she cannot stop using it.