Saif Diaa Dair / Specialized researcher in community security studies / Postgraduate student in the Public Policy Ph.D. program – University of Al-Nahrain / Iraq
Human civilization continues its journey towards progress at an accelerated pace, intertwining in its folds technology that touches all aspects of life. In the shadow of this tangible increase in reliance on technology, social media has witnessed notable developmental leaps in the last decade. It has surpassed its role as mediums dedicated to social communication and entertainment, to become an essential part of the daily life fabric for countless individuals around the world. With the expansion of its user base, these communication means have cemented their place as a prominent pillar in the digital age we live in today, an era characterized by growing development in the fields of artificial intelligence, electronic communications, and modern technical innovations.
The impact of this technological development comes in disguising the boundaries between the physical reality and the virtual dimensions of our lives, paving the way for new phenomena that may carry their implications on our psychological and scientific health alike. Among these is what has come to be known as “Electronic Digital Drugs”, or “iDoser”, which are phenomena that have gained increasing spread and interest. They are audio files designed to induce a specific effect on the brain by using certain sound frequencies believed to be capable of simulating the physical and psychological effects of traditional chemical drugs like cocaine or marijuana and other widespread traditional types, by stimulating them to higher levels of ecstasy and relaxation.
The principle underlying these files is based on a technique known as “Binaural Beats”, which was previously used to treat some psychological conditions. It is an auditory phenomenon that arises when a sound of a specific frequency is presented in one ear and a sound of a different frequency in the other ear, leading to a neural response that works to generate a third frequency that is supposed to affect the state of consciousness and stimulate experiences similar to the effect of traditional drugs on the brain.
From this standpoint, this research paper aims to shed light on what contemporary societies are facing, represented in the phenomenon of digital addiction, which may reach implications that exceed those associated with traditional drugs. This type of addiction grows in the shadows, without clear awareness from families and society of its numerous dangers and destructive effects, making confronting it a complex challenge. The danger of digital addiction stems from its ability to cause neurological changes in the brain, leading to behavioral and psychological disorders that may hinder the individual’s daily functions, which negatively reflects on the development of societies and their sustainable security.

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