i-Doser Downloads: aka Digital Drugs are Popular among Teens. A new craze has hit cyberspace. Seems like you can do everything – including getting high – online. i-Dosers are MP3 downloads that claim to have the same psychedelic effect on the brain as the real deal. If true, the ramifications of the new i-Doser downloads have yet to be seen.
It’s hard to fathom that a digital music download could effect the brain. I was discussing the new discovery with my husband, who told me about the time that heard that Stairway to Heaven had subliminal messages embedded in it that you could only hear if you played the record (yes, record – as in the vinyl thing that was used BEFORE 8-tracks, tapes, and CDs)
If you played the record backwards by physically pulling it backwards on the player he claims you could hear subliminal satanic messages. Since I haven’t done this myself (I don’t have a record player – although I do have that record somewhere) I won’t comment on the validity of this claim.
But now we have this alleged digital drug that has caused widespread embarrassing YouTube videos and more. It’s really amazing that this has been engineered, if it is so true.
So how do i-Doser Downloads work? According to a researcher who spoke with an interviewer at NPR:
Binaural beats happen when opposite ears receive two different sound waves. And normally, the difference in sound between each ear help people get directional information about the source of the sound. But when you listen to these sounds with stereo headphones, the listener senses the difference between the two frequencies as another beat that sounds like it’s coming from the inside of the head.
So, for example, if the right ear hears a tone at 400 hertz and the left ear hears a tone at 410 hertz, the beat that they hear in their head is at 10 hertz.
Basically, these “binaural beats” alter brain waves and entertain them. The NPR interview noted that there was a small controlled test of 4 individuals, and the results of that test did not note that there were any alterations in brain waves meaning that the i-Doser claims that you can get high from listening to music are largely bunk.
What about all the embarrassing YouTube videos? You likely can chalk that up to the power of suggestion. Tell a teenager they will get high from doing something, and chances are they will think that they are high and therefore act a fool.