By: Neil Schulman
Risk Homeostasis states that people have a target level of risk they're willing to tolerate. Above that risk level, things are scary; below it, they are boring. Give a cabbie better brakes and he'll drive faster. Give a kayaker a drysuit and she'll paddle in bigger seas.
This might not seem like a problem, since that kayaker gets more challenging paddling for the same level of risk. However, paddlers often assume that safety equipment provides more safety – or different kinds of safety – than it does.
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