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 Timothy, 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, Timothy loves playing Minecraft with his grandchildren. He can see the educational benefits of the game, and they are always having a great time playing together. However, his wife often complains that both him and the grandchildren are spending too much time on the game, and they seem addicted to it.
“I fear being too physically inactive.”
Physical risks may manifest as a fear that one will become physically inactive, as he or she is spending time with an ICT device. For example, Timothy is worried that his passion for technology means that he is spending too much time in front of a screen and not enough time being physically active.