There are many ways in which modern devices can become addictive and almost like a drug. For example, there is such thing called internet addiction, this is defined as an impulse control disorder and is also known as pathological internet use (PIU). This is where some may find it difficult to differentiate between the virtual world and reality. PIU can produce a specified number of symptoms such as mood-altering use of the internet, failure to fulfill major role obligations, guitlt, and craving.
There is also a more literal way in which the term ‘Digital Drug’ can be taken. These are called binaural beats. A binaural beat is an auditory illusion when two different pure-tone sine waves are presented to a listener dichotically. Both frequencies will be lower than 1500 Hz, and have less than 40 Hz between them. This then activates various centers in the brain, increasing mental clarity.
Binaural beats are commonly listened to amongst people who wish to increase their relaxation or mindfulness. while altering brain wire patterns, the beats create a hypnotic response almost like a ‘high’ and are said to reduce anxiety and stress levels.
However, whilst most of the time binaural beats are safe, dangers may arise if you already have outstanding health risks. The main cautions go out to those with neurological or cardiac issues. There is also a big risk of seizures. If you are epileptic or prone to seizures, using binaural beats is strongly discouraged. Children are also discouraged to using the beats as their brains are still developing. Although they may not have had any history of seizures, epilepsy can still develop slightly later in life.
When using binaural beats, you enter a relaxed, hypnotic state of mind. So remember that when carrying out important tasks, like driving, while listening to them isn’t a good idea.
Despite the skepticism in the media towards the beats, they should be perfectly safe to use providing you are a healthy, epilepsy-free individual and shouldn’t experience any side effects. They are not bad for you.