There is now such a thing as a Digital Drug, and now a term called i-dosing. If you are finding it hard to believe one only needs to read an article at the Huffington post called, DIGITAL DRUGS: How Teens Are Using The Internet To Get 'High'.
These "digital drugs" use "binaural, or two-toned, technology to alter brain waves and a person's mental state," producing a "state of ecstasy" for the user. i-Dosers listen to these atonal tracks while sitting motionless with headphones on.
Binaural beats seem to be spreading like wild fire, as websites are being setup offering various "digital drugs" which in some cases can make alterations to one's mood and behaviour. These sites offers tracks help stop smoking, boost energy, help you focus, help lose weight, and the list goes on and on.
The question one must ask is whether or not this is safe. Those who want to get addicted to the "drugs" can purchase tracks that will purportedly bring about the same effects of marijuana, cocaine, opium and peyote.
Because of the effects of these digital drugs, and the easy at which one can access them it would be wise to stay far from them.
It means teens, young children and even adults, have to be careful what music they accept unto their media players, as the music which is described as drony, can turn them into zombies.
What one needs to bear in mind is that any medium which alters the chemical balance of the body has side-effects, some seen, while others are unseen.
The origin of the effects of these binaural tones/beats apparently were discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. There is truly nothing new under the sun.
The top fear which should come to everyone mind is whether these beats can be mixed with seemingly harmless music to bring about the I-Dosing effect without the listener even understanding what hit them. Also, how does one diagnose a digital drug addict, since there might not be any chemical alteration to body fluids, which can be tested as in cocaine, or mari*juana use?
Although the digital dosing by neurophysiologists, and by doctors to assist patients with hearing problems, the wanton use of binaural beats for recreational purposes can be dangerous.
Binaural beats increases dopamine and beta-endorphin production in the brain.
In certain areas of the brain when dopamine is released it gives one the feeling of pleasure or satisfaction. These feelings of satisfaction become desired, and the person will grow a desire for the satisfaction. Hence an addiction.
This is similar to how food operates on obese persons. The consumption of food causes the release of dopamine, which is the feel good hormone. The fat person eats to feel good about themselves, while at the same time increasing in weight which makes them feel bad about themselves. So a vicious cycle is created.
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