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Old 19.01.2009, 17:08
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Is there such a thing as too risk averse?

I have made some tongue in cheek posts in another thread which have been touching on the subject of risk aversity.

It seems we live in an age where everyone has an insurance for everything, people don't want to accept responsibilities for their own actions, try to blame someone else when they are injured and actually stop doing things because of perceived risk.

So my question is, have we gone stark raving made and are we trying to wrap ourselves up in cotton wool or is this a natural reaction to prolong the species (Darwinesque).

I personally do not like taking big risks. My attitude (believe it or not) is that I don't want to injure myself and not be able to do activities the next day. If I do hurt myself I like to think I take responsibility for my own actions. Having said that I like to do some things that other people might perceive to be risky.

Many activities are sold as being to some extent or other risky, but in today's climate they can't afford to have a client injured so surely the risk which thrill seeking clients go for is all perceived and in reality doesn't exist at all. You still won't see me jumping off the dam in Verzasca any time soon though.

What are your opinions on it?

Are we all risk averse by nature or are we becoming too mollycoddled by todays PC your not permitted to doing anything that might be remotely dangerous society?
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Re: Is there such a thing as too risk averse?

It's all about risk versus return. If you dont take any risk then you wont get any return. I like to roll down hills on my mountain bike and slide down them on a snowboard. Both activities have quite a high level of risk, but the enjoyment I get from them makes it worth doing.

I risk very little sitting watching tv but I dont think it would make for a very interesting life.

To me "too risk averse" = dull.
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It's all about risk versus return. If you dont take any risk then you wont get any return. I like to roll down hills on my mountain bike and slide down them on a snowboard. Both activities have quite a high level of risk, but the enjoyment I get from them makes it worth doing.

I risk very little sitting watching tv but I dont think it would make for a very interesting life.

To me "too risk averse" = dull.
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I think i am getting old, when i was younger i loved speeding down the mountains on my skis, or doing different risky things now i prefare to sledge with my younger
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I think i am getting old, when i was younger i loved speeding down the mountains on my skis, or doing different risky things now i prefare to sledge with my younger
Now here is an interesting thing about risk perception. I perceive sledging to be more dangerous then skiing and snowboarding. My reasoning for this is that in general (I know not in every case) less skill is required for sledging, therefore you have people with not too much awareness that put themselves in a situation where they are going quite fast but they may not have control. (i.e. in my opinion accident waiting to happen.) I have seen some pretty careless sledging in my years here, and when I have tried it myself I felt much less in control then on a snowboard. Most people that sledge however will probably perceive sledging to be safer then snowboarding.
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Now here is an interesting thing about risk perception. I perceive sledging to be more dangerous then skiing and snowboarding. My reasoning for this is that in general (I know not in every case) less skill is required for sledging, therefore you have people with not too much awareness that put themselves in a situation where they are going quite fast but they may not have control. (i.e. in my opinion accident waiting to happen.) I have seen some pretty careless sledging in my years here, and when I have tried it myself I felt much less in control then on a snowboard. Most people that sledge however will probably perceive sledging to be safer then snowboarding.
Then you have not seen me sledging i am not even really on a hill only a tilt, and my sledge as a steering wheel and brakes, no risks for people near me when i am sledging infact where i sledge there is no one around hardly anyway
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Then you have not seen me sledging i am not even really on a hill only a tilt, and my sledge as a steering wheel and brakes, no risks for people near me when i am sledging infact where i sledge there is no one around hardly anyway
Like I said thats my perception. I feel less in control on a sledge then on a snowboard (which people would possibly consider to be more dangerous) so I perceive there to be more of a risk on a sledge.

I also perceive Mountain biking to be less dangerous then road biking, which most people would consider counter intuitive too. But that is for different reasons to the control one.
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