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Have you heard of I-dosing?

Asked by Keysha (2622points) July 17th, 2010

A new thing out for teens and such is called I-dosing. Somebody discovered a way to con more money out of teens and idiots, by convincing them to pay for mp3’s that will give them a cyber ‘high’, if they listen to it on headphones. I find the sound annoying in the extreme, for the ‘free’ mp3 they use as a hook. What do you think?

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syz's avatar

There’s one born every second….
(I believe that the original quote attributed to P.T. Barnun was ” a sucker born every minute”, but I happen to think that it’s much more often than that. And it turns out, Barnum apparently didn’t ever say it, anyway.)

Keysha's avatar

I agree, but having listened to the ‘free’ one, and seeing videos on youtube of reactions of people listening google i-dosing on youtube I have to wonder if it is going to seriously hurt some of them, causing seizures and such.

Seaofclouds's avatar

There was another question about this the other day. It sounds really lame to me. I think it’s another fad that will come and go. I don’t see it sticking around.

Keysha's avatar

@Seaofclouds I didn’t see that question, thank you. But I went to Youtube and have been watching both videos of reactions and listening to some of the sounds. I think it is not just a scam to be dismissed, but possibly a very real danger to hearing or more. I can easily see seizures or major mental issues.

SamIAm's avatar

yesss!! fucking redic! i also heard that there’s on that makes you shit yourself…. hmmm

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Keysha You listened to one, you said you only found it annoying. The videos on You Tube could be real or they could be people acting the way they believe they are suppose to act. The mind has wonderful abilities in that regard. We can will ourselves to feel thing we think we should be feeling. I’m sure there will be risks with it, just like every other stupid fad that comes along. I’m not saying there isn’t some room for concern, just that I don’t see it lasting from what I’ve heard about it.

Mamradpivo's avatar

I’m trying this right now. I don’t think it’s going to work.

Keysha's avatar

@Seaofclouds The one I listened to, I had a finger on the volume control at all times. I can easily believe the reactions, if they were listening to the one, a steady mindless drone at one level, then almost at the end, volume at least triples with a whine and sound like a jet engine. That would definitely damage hearing, at least.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

It’s complete BS. Here is an NPR interview in which this topic is explored, and debunked by an expert.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Keysha The fact that you can believe the reactions could feed into your reaction, that’s my point. That’s why I don’t just believe what I see in the videos. You are going into it with the belief that you are suppose to react to the “music” and therefore, your mind could will your body to react in the way you have seen the people in the video.

ratboy's avatar

As far as I can remember, I was neither blind nor insane prior to listening.

Keysha's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities I know it is fake, but that does not mean it is not damaging.

@Seaofclouds I listened to the track before watching any videos. So did Aris. And we could tell exactly when they were going to rip off the headphones and convulse a bit in pain.

HungryGuy's avatar

I’ve never heard of it until this very moment. It’s well documented that visual patterns, such as flashung strobes in a video can induce seizures (especially in people who are epileptic), so I suppose a similar effect is possible with sound. But I remain skeptical.

Keysha's avatar is the last 10 minutes of a track almost half an hour long. Be sure to turn volume almost off to listen, and keep a finger on the volume controls

Mamradpivo's avatar

Followup: I listened to this twice just now with headphones and don’t feel any effect. Maybe a mild calm, happy feeling, but no different than listening to a good jam on good headphones.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Keysha Is this the one where you said the volume suddenly tripled? If that happened while listening to anything you would rip off the headphones and be in pain. Being in pain from a sudden loud noise =/= equal being high (at leat to me it doesn’t).

Keysha's avatar

@Seaofclouds yes, that is the one. And that is exactly what they do, to that track. Rip off the headphones and mildly convulse while clutching their ears.

@Mamradpivo it has been proven to not do what it is said to do, but I feel it is still dangerous.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Keysha In the article I linked, the Dr. and researcher stated that there was no evidence of altered brain states from I-dosing, therefore no damage being done. She later says there is nothing to worry about. The youtube videos may be convincing, but there seems to be no scientific proof of any danger involved.

filmfann's avatar

I tried one of the programs, and found it to be completely unaffecting.
It’s crap.

Keysha's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities What the article says is, quote: “Helane Wahbeh, says studies haven’t shown that sound can dramatically alter brainwaves the way chemical drugs can do.”

That does not, in any way, say that it cannot be damaging. Just that it will not alter brainwaves like drugs do.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Keysha If it’s not altering the brain waves, it’s not affecting the brain (and therefore not likely to damage it). It could cause hearing problems just like listening to any loud music with headphones can.

Keysha's avatar

@Seaofclouds As I say, and as that said, it does not dramatically alter brainwaves the way chemical drugs can do. I never, anywhere I have spoken, said it would alter brainwaves. I am asking, quite simply, what people think, as I think it is dangerous.

Only time will tell.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

@Keysha When asked if there was anything to worry about, the Dr. she believed that there wasn’t. I would assume that would incorporate any type of danger. But if you want to get freaked out by youtube videos, then go ahead. I’m done.

Seaofclouds's avatar

@Keysha Yes time will tell. I never said you said it would alter brainwaves, You believe it’s dangerous. I believe the only danger would be hearing loss. We’ll see what happens in the future.

Keysha's avatar

@jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities Of course she did. She also is basing all of her beliefs on a four person study. Such a good, wide selection of the public she used. And I am certain they had problems beforehand, like epileptic seizures or the like. And they were tested on all the tracks, with biometric attachments, and things like hearing, blood pressure, and the like checked before and after each one. And no control of the volume. Or put on when they were sleeping, as the kids are doing to their friends.

stranger_in_a_strange_land's avatar

It’s the same urban legend thing that gets idiot soldiers to eat the C-4 in their Claymores, someone told them they could get high on it.

Keysha's avatar

@stranger_in_a_strange_land that or it’s the same thing as those that eat jars of jalapenos just to show they are better than the other idiot that is trying. Depending on which type of track they listen to.

superneil21's avatar

ive tried it doesn’t do shit

mrentropy's avatar

Back in my day, we’d spin around on office chairs until we vomited. Pft. Kids today.

judochop's avatar

Dude, you’re totally bumming my buzz brah. I got 55 more minutes left on this track. Tommy went for the full 70 and told me he saw God and talked with the matrix in YouTube.

Keysha's avatar

ok, now we are getting silly. Next thing you know, someone will be getting high on canned air!

Clair's avatar

I suppose since ‘rock and roll’ isn’t cutting edge anymore, this replaces it.
Kids these days…Whatever happened to real drugs?

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