Junkies get high in cyberspace [Video]

Posted on July 21, 2010 by .

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Cyber junkies are now delving into the world of “digital highs”.

Videos posted on YouTube show a young girl freaking out and leaping up in fear, a teenager shaking violently and a young boy in extreme distress. This is the world of “i-Dosing”, the new craze sweeping the Internet in which teenagers used so-called “digital drugs” to change their brains in the same way as real-life narcotics.

They believe the repetitive drone-like music will give them a “high” that takes them out of reality, only legally available and downloadable on the Internet. The craze has so far been popular among teenagers in the US but given how easily available the videos are, it is just a matter of time before it catches on in Britain.

Those who come up with the “doses” claim different tracks mimic different sensations you can feel by taking drugs such as Ecstasy or smoking cannabis. Not everyone is taking i-Dosing seriously – some YouTube videos show young adults i-Dosing on Neil Diamond and mocking the whole phenomenon. But there has been such alarm in the US that the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs has issued a warning to children not to do it.

Kids are going to flock to these sites just to see what it is about and it can lead them to other places, spokesman Mark Woodward says. He added that parental awareness is key to preventing future problems, since I-dosing could indicate a willingness to experiment with drugs.

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