I-Doser or I-dozing, also known as I-dosing, is very real in today’s underground society. What comes as a surprise to many parents who are concerned about their children is that the science behind I-dosing is actually quite dated. What we are actually discussing is the tantalizing effects of binaural audio, dating all the way back to 1839. This binaural audio was invented, unintentionally, by a man by the name of Mr. Heinrich Wilhelm Dove. Heinrich Wilhelm Dove was one of the youngest professors to have ever taught at Germany’s Konigsberg University. He held his doctorate degree in Meteorology and was truly fascinated with physical sciences, which included auditory studies. This fascination led to many types of science experiments, eventually leading to the discovery of binaural audio mind stimulation. So, you can certainly thank Mr. Dove for your extraordinary concerns having to do with your child or adolescent.
What Is I-dosing, Exactly?
According to an article written and published by The Monroe Institute, what is known in the scientific world as auditory binaural beats involves the forced sensation of an altered state of mind through the intake of two different sounds in each ear that have nearly identical frequencies. The brain combines the two sounds and creates a whole new sound, similar to the original two that had entered each ear. The two sounds enter the brain’s electronic waves through headphones as this method is the only way for binaural beats to give the sensation of an external forced change of brain wave activity.
No longer does one have to go to a yoga class for meditation and relaxation. Forcing your brainwaves to be positively stimulated into a more relaxed state is what auditory binaural beat technology is all about. When meditating through listening to music or practicing trance, your brain goes into a unique state of activity. There are five states of brain activity that are significant in their nature:
Gamma brain activity frequency is the highest brain wave activity yet to be discovered at up to 40 Hz. This type of activity indicates a sudden rise in personal insight and information processing.
Beta brain activity frequency ranges between12.5 and 30 Hz. This activity consistency is considered to be one of high alertness and consciousness. Beta brain wave activity is the state of mind where a person performs their most reasoning and deep thinking.
Alpha brain activity frequency ranges between 7.5 and 14 Hz. This amount of brain activity consists of a state of light relaxation as in a somewhat meditative state of being. This is the perfect state of mind to listen to positive audio clips and subject learning audio as this is also the best state of mind to learn new things.
Theta brain activity frequency ranges between 4 and 7.5 Hz, which happens during a deeper meditation and when your brain is under a light sleep mode. This mode of brain activity is known to contain what is known as the subconscious.
Delta brain activity frequency ranges between 0.5 and 4 Hz. When your brain is in delta mode, you are under a deep sleep where your subconscious lies.
Modern Issues and Concerns over I-Dosing
The main reason any parent would be concerned over the issue of I-dosing is the fact that it is considered socially as a digital drug, stimulating the same brain wave activity as specific street drugs stimulate, namely:
Another powerful reason for anyone to be concerned is the fact that this type of potentially dangerous stimulation can be quite harmful to people with mental illness and chronic heart problems. Epileptics are recommended to never over-stimulate their brain by using auditory binaural beats or I-dosing for meditative purposes. If this is used by epileptics, a potentially fatal bout of seizures may very well commence afterward. For cardiac patients, irregular heart rhythms can become a threat to their lives if they I-dose. Schizophrenics are also specifically advised to never participate in extra brain stimulation from using I-doser methods.
Drug Effect Simulation Concerns Involving I-Doser
There is a major concern around the world, having to do with their children learning about and participating in the act of I-dosing through music that can potentially make them high. Though, there is no known side effect from listening to music that gets you high, parents are mainly concerned about their children being curious about the more dangerous street drugs I-dosing effects can lead to.
I-dosing is also known as the mp3 drug. Listening to certain binaural beats created by putting together, or producing, sounds through audio generating computer programming is usually used by people who meditate on a regular basis and who are looking for a more spiritual existence. Binaural beats are also used regularly by people who usually have trouble falling asleep at night.
Another very common use for listening to auditory binaural beats is so that a student’s study sessions are more in depth. Certain binaural beats that are available for listening can promote a more conscious state of mind, giving the person who is studying a subject more ability to concentrate on the task at hand.
Unfortunately, I-doser uses can also be abused by those who are more prone to curiosity and, a lot of times, addiction. Like anything else that can be considered controversial, I-dosing is not any less in its controversy and potential to be overused for the wrong reasons. I-dosing can be a good thing for those who cannot sleep properly at night or who have a difficult time concentrating during a study session in their dorm room, which, to the student’s dismay, happens to be attached to an overly loud dormitory.
Does I-Doser Work?
What has made auditory binaural beats last so long in history is that it works for those who actually do it correctly. It, unfortunately, and to the parents’ dismay, also works for the curious child or teenager. Experimentation is what children and young adults do in order to find out about life and what life has to offer them.
For those kids who are not ready to commit themselves to trying illegal street drugs for a potential high feeling, those who have heard of and researched about how I-dosing can make them feel just the same, try I-doser first just to see what the actual “high” feels like. The user then finds out that the high that they receive is such as that of the high that they would feel if they were doing street drugs such as cocaine, crack cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy or LSD, but without the debilitating side effects.
Because of this upside of using I-doser instead of physically unhealthy and very addictive illegal drugs, many young people are experimenting more with I-doser instead of expensive and dangerous street drugs that may be sold even just around their street corner. This one positive side I-dosing activity is also a product marketing tactic that producers of the music and sound compilations use for more sales and exposure online.
I-Dosing: A Not So Positive Side
Many teenagers, especially in the United States of America, are experimenting with the alleged music that they have heard will make them feel high without the bad side effects of using street drugs instead. YouTube is full of videos of young adults who had filmed themselves while under the influence of I-dosing. In most YouTube videos, the kids have headphones over their ears, they are laying down on their backs and they have their eyes either closed or covered with a shirt or some type of rag, as one truly addicted, British journalist showed the world.
I-dosing e=commerce sites and I-dosing music compilers have taken advantage of the psychological tendency for teenagers and children to be curious and just like their friends, doing what they think they feel that they are expected to do according to today’s society. In high schools and especially middle schools around the world, kids have been exposed to the Internet through requirements having to be met through Internet use for school. After school, kids expose themselves through the internet to infamous websites such as Facebook, YouTube and sites used to create and maintain blogs.
I-dosing has only been around for less than four years and was more prevalent in the United States in the beginning. Now it is all over the world thanks to the fast moving effectiveness of trending content that easily exposes itself to vulnerable children and young adults via the internet.
Ways to Fight the I-Dosing Epidemic
According to the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs had “issued a warning to children not to do I-dosing.” With the trendiness and influential nature that I-dosing has on today’s vulnerable youth, I-dosing has become more dangerous toward kids more than ever. The problem has risen quickly, as most trends do, but has not disappeared, as they seem to do after a while of being experienced and then depleted of all of the luster and newness that comes with the trend territory.
Oklahoma’s spokesperson for the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Mark Woodward stated that: “Kids are going to flock to these (I-dosing) sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places.” He says this for a reason, that is, arguably, quite legitimate in its reasoning. Kids are naturally very curious, influential and want to be accepted by their peers. These three factors are what frightens parents of these kids as they realize the very real potential for addiction, erratic behavior and loss of reasoning, as they realize that their child could turn to real drugs at any time while participating in the act of I-dosing.
Being Aware Is the First Step
Taking everything into consideration about the history of I-dosing technology, its positive and negative effects on the human mind, and the great potential for those effects to become addictive to the user is what every parent of even the youngest child should know about and be aware of. In many cases of controversy and question, knowledge is power, and this issue makes that statement reign true more than ever.
Awareness of the problem, the willingness to listen to your child, and the courage to step up on your parenting skills will ultimately steer your child away from the potentially dangerous influence of I-dosing via Internet mp3 cuts.
Listen To Your Child
Listening to what your kid has to say about things that have been going on at school with him or her and how he/she feels about a certain someone in their life can really make a huge difference in the effectiveness of your guiding them on the right path to walk during their formative years. Sometimes your child just wants to be heard. Listening to them can make a world of difference in their lives and may even steer them clear of the risky I-dosing trend.