High on… the Internet?

Have you heard yet about the latest in gateway drugs? Well it’s not what you’d expect…

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?



Filed under Evology, school, technology

8 responses to “High on… the Internet?

  1. I saw this on Slashdot a few days ago! Binaural beats can at most “nudge” your mood in a direction. Getting high though, I seriously doubt it.

  2. Vector

    Humans are always seeking control (or at least influence) over their mental state. Making various methods of doing so illegal only leads to stranger, and often more dangerous, methods. As long as the use of binaural sound doesn’t have serious repercussions I see no reason it should be feared. At least it’s better than inhaling jenkem.

    There is no way we could ever prevent every method of altering mental status, and even if we could, what kind of society would tell its children they can’t spin in circles to get dizzy because it might lead them to overdosing on heroin?

    • That’s a good point. I can definitely see how music changes our moods, but its a bit of a stretch to suppose that listening to binaural beats will suddenly make teens crave harder drugs.

  3. All i can think of is OMC song how bizzare lol

  4. Mom: “What are you doing Jimmy? Why do you spend your whole day listening to the music? Is it nice?”
    Jimmy: “Calm down mom, my friends and me are just chilling out with some good music. Nothing special just.. just… yeah just Tokyo Hotel.”
    Mom: “Ah ok.”
    Mom’s mind “At least he is not a drug addicted as the neighbor’s son”

    Friend#1: “This shit is fcking strong. I am totally wasted!
    Friend#2: “Yep me too. Tsk, remember when we were smoking weed and sniffing? Ahaha roflmao, we were sooo stupid!
    Jimmy: “Ahaha you’re right, High five bro! Tomorrow I am gonna stay home, too wasted dude XD”

    -Normal conversation of i-drug addicted guys-

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