Look out Björk! There’s audio out there that might be more mentally disturbing than your last album. A colleague of mine (thanks Arjun) just introduced me to a new drug craze sweeping high schools in the US. What are these Twilight watching, Miley Cyrus listening kids up to now, you ask? Well, this drug isn’t smoked, snorted, or injected. It’s digital and it’s called i-Dosing. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s basically drugs in audio form. The idea is, you listen to specific i-Dosing tracks with headphones, while lying down, calm, and not moving and eventually it will cause some effects in the user (listener) similar to those experienced under the influence of marijuana, cocaine, opium, etc. You use your iPod to listen to these tracks, thus it’s named i-Dosing. While I’m yet to actually try i-Dosing, and like most people am skeptical, I will reserve most of my criticism towards it and teenage culture until I can verify the idiocy of this new fad. Who knows, it could work and I might find myself wearing a bib and sitting down to a plate of my own words.
Obviously, parents are a little worried right now that i-Dosing may be a gateway into some more serious drugs, but I’m a little more concerned that listening to Justin Bieber is a gateway into more serious drugs. It’s Devil’s music I tell ya. Devil’s music.
Kids and teenagers are quite malleable and I remember when I was in Elementary school seeing kids getting high on crushed Rockets because they thought it was cocaine. Tell a kid something will get them high and they’re bound to try and believe it. Again, I’m not saying this is the case with i-Dosing, but merely suggesting it. As you may or may not know, the world is full of stupid people.
So where can you get these tracks and what do they sound like? Well, there is one circulating on YouTube right now, which I’ll include below (make sure to use headphones. It sounds completely different if you don’t use them). The video page also includes a link to a full version of the track if you need some plans for the weekend and your wallet is a little thin on funds. I’ve also embedded a clip of a kid getting i-Dosing.
I’m sure drug dealers everywhere are crossing their fingers waiting for this fad to die out. Looks like there’s more than just TV, videogames and death metal music warping the minds of children these days. What a strange world we live in.
If you’ve tried i-Dosing, please let me know what your experience was like.
A kid i-Dosing to Gates of Hades track