Most of the people reading this article will know at least one person in their social circle that has used a cognitive enhancer. Be it a parent, a friend, a colleague, a boss – chances are, at least one person you know is taking one. “Smart drugs” are becoming more and more prevalent in society today. In fact, in recent years, we’ve seen the use of Ritalin soar in numbers – an increase of around 56% to be more specific.
Obviously, there are many reasons to want a cognitive advantage against the people around you. In today’s society, almost everyone strives to be better – to be different. However, in the brain enhancing industry, there are good ones, and not-so-good ones, the former being nootropics, while the latter being methamphetamines – to which Ritalin is a derivative of.
However, with this in mind, it begs the question on whether modern colleges are really shaping tomorrow’s generation well, with the immense amounts of pressure their students experience just to be able to achieve high grades – to the point that some of them even resort to using drugs that alter the brain?
Let’s be clear, not all brain enhancers are bad. In fact, with some research done online, you’ll be able to find out which supplements may be beneficial to the brain, while also finding out which ones to stay away from. Ritalin is one of the former, being only prescribed to treat people who suffer from ADHD. However, college students might lack the knowledge needed to discern the diamonds in the rough.
The fact of the matter is, there isn’t much public awareness concerning the brain enhancers that actually offer positive effects to the brain, meaning that the dangerous prescription medicine like Adderall and Ritalin still run rampant today. They’re so popular, that in a survey done in the UK, it’s been found that 1 in 10 students take “cognitive enhancing” drugs – with signs that a notable percentage also lied on the survey, leading researchers to believe that it’s closer to 35%.
This brings us back to the original topic, though: everyone wants to have a cognitive advantage. However, sometimes, the decisions we make on which form to take can be widely affected and limited to the public knowledge available. If more information was available easily on which forms of brain enhancers were safe to use and which weren’t, we wouldn’t be in this problem. However, to every problem, there’s a solution. Hopefully, in the next few months, it will present itself.