According to public school officials in Oklahoma the latest teen drug craze requires nothing more than a good set of headphones. “I-dosing,” as they are calling it, involves getting an MP3 track from a digital dealer and listening to the droning “music” to get a high similar to that of real-life narcotics. If you’re laughing at this don’t worry, you’re not alone. Wired came up with a whole slew of hilarious questions about the potential horrors of i-dosing…
“Will future presidential candidates defend their i-dosing past by saying, ‘But I had it on mute’? Are we supposed to declare a war on cyberdrugs or a cyberwar on cyberdrugs? How will police know if a teen with headphones on is i-dosing or just listening to Justin Bieber? Is the iPod the bong of the future? What would happen if some ne’er-do-well took over the console of the Super Bowl and dosed the entire country? What if kids smoked dried banana peels and listened to these trippy tunes at the same time — could they OD? What happens if someone sells a tainted MP3?”
England’s Daily Mail takes the issue a little more seriously, explaining the history of Binaural Beat Therapy, which i-dosing is likely based on. Binaural beats are “used in clinical settings to research hearing and sleep cycles, to induce various brain wave states, and treat anxiety.” What concerns many parents and officials, Daily Mail reports, is that i-dosing might be a gateway into more serious real drugs.
What do you think? Is this completely ridiculous or should schools start rounding up the headphones?