According to a news story outta Oklahoma, teenagers around the world are now vulnerable to a brand new and “dangerous” internet phenomenon known as “I-dosing,” a form of digital drug that promises to get users as high as marijuana, cocaine, opium, and peyote could ever take them.
“I-Dosing,” the modern form of huffing paint, is an elaborate process wherein kids find digital drug dealers to sell them digital drugs (through a PayPal account) and then the kids get high — not digital high, but real high. If you’re curious about what the “digital drugs” are, then let me tell you: “digital drugs” are downloaded music tracks (the music mostly just a constant droning) that the teens listen to through headphones before entering a euphoric state of highness.
Yep, according to public schools in Oklahoma, this is a real threat. One school district in particular is even taking action by sending home a letter and banning iPods at the school. And it’s not just educators who are taking notice, “Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places,” says Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs spokesman Mark Woodward.
One of these “digital drug” tracks, “Gates of Hades,” was available on YouTube, but has since been taken down by I-Doser.com due to a “copyright claim.” More tracks are available for purchase and downloading but don’t blame me if you just entered the gateway to hard drugs and a life of disappointment.
Is this really the world I live in? Is there nothing left to be afraid of?