Report: Teens Using Digital Drugs to Get High

Ryan Singel, Wired, Jul 15, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's hard to believe, but there's a moral panic over kids "using digital drugs." The trend, known as "i-dosing", involves lying on your back, closing your eyes, and listening to trance-inducing sounds such as Gates of Hades. An Oklahoma newspaper was quick to sound the alarm, not so much because it's harmsful but because it's a "gateway drug." "'The bigger concern is if you have a kid wanting to explore this, you probably have a kid that may end up smoking marijuana or looking for bigger things,' Woodward said." I see what they mean. After reading this item I started listening to Tangerine Dream again - I've been hooked ever since seeing them play Stratosfear in the 1970s in Ottawa.
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