iDosing – Getting High on the Net?
As if it’s still not enough, we have heard a lot of dangers lurking over the web – viruses, malwares, keyloggers, clickjacking, email spoofing, hacking, and a lot more. Well here’s another one that will surely drive you nuts – its called “iDosing”, a digital way to get high without drugs. Another name for iDosing is digital drugs.
So how does it work? The sounds available with iDosing websites are called binaural beats. When listened to on headphones, they present one sound to one ear and a subtly different sound to the other ear. When heard together, the human brain hears something different from the original sounds.
Binaural beats or binaural tones are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, the perception of which arises in the brain for specific physical stimuli. The frequency of the tones must be below about 1,000 to 1,500 hertz for the beating to be heard. The difference between the two frequencies must be small (below about 30 Hz) for the effect to occur; otherwise, the two tones will be heard separately and no beat will be perceived.
So is it time to press that panic button? No, not yet at least. I tried listening to “Gates of Hades”, one of the more popular iDosing tones. My first impression was it’s annoying. I hate loud music. I didn’t feel anything except that its too loud. I tried listening to another iDosing tone but this times its like a hissing sound – all throughout the track – I did feel a bit dizzy but disappeared after a couple of minutes.
Now I am sure for most of my readers, you must be shaking your head in disbelief – a digital drug? Is this really true? My opinion is simple – music can really affect not only our brains but our entirety. If you’re sad, listen to sad songs and you will become sadder. Listen to fast music and you will feel like dancing. You want to relax, listen to instrumental music. In other words, music can really influence our state of mind.
But according to most experts, iDosing will not be able to duplicate the effects of drugs – its too mild. Some drug dependent who tried iDosing confessed that they don’t feel anything.
The real danger here is iDosing somewhat provide kids the chance to try how its like to be high or to be in a mildtrance. Initially it may be nothing, but what I am worried about is – what if kids after trying iDosing, will find the effect insuffient and will decide try drugs that are used to provide a higher effect.
Another possibility is the idea of iDossing maybe a bad business scheme. Why? Because some websites are actually selling these tracks for hundreds of dollars. Get my point?
While iDosing or listening to binaural beats may not be bad or cause harm, parents should always be aware of what their teens are doing and be able to step in and talk if they noticed something like iDosing. Teens will always try to push boundaries, and they expect their parents to enforce boundaries – even when it comes to something as seemingly innocent as listening to binaural beats.