iDosing: Music That May Actually Get Kids Highcarolyncastiglia
An afternoon spent listening to your favorite tunes is sure to make anyone feel pumped, but is there music out there that can actually get you high? Wired reported last week that a crop of teenagers in the Midwest is iDosing: listening to MP3’s that create the buzz of street drugs.
Wired blogger Ryan Singel writes, “I-dosing involves donning headphones and listening to “music” — largely a droning noise — which the sites peddling the sounds promise will get you high. Teens are listening to such tracks as “Gates of Hades,” which is available on YouTube gratis (yes, the first one is always free).” He notes that officials in Oklahoma are taking the threat of iDosing seriously, as are the moms at Momlogic. Take a look at the complete report from Oklahoma City’s News 9:
The concern here is that iDosing will lead teens to use marijuana, the O.G. (original gateway) drug. I’m not so sure if this music actually alters brain waves or if users are experiencing a placebo effect, but regardless, what parents should be looking for in their tweens/teens is the desire to get high. As Babble blogger Katie Allison Granju wrote just before her teenage son passed away, “What would I have done differently after that first admission that he was smoking pot? In the most general sense, I would have taken it a hell of a lot more seriously.”
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