2013 has seen the rise of Nootropics, otherwise known as smart drugs, to be used to improve brain functions like cognition, memory, focus, and motivation. The idea that a single pill that can improve so many things of your brain functions may sound appealing, however, this has been around for quite a while already. Nootropics, before they were adapted to what they are now, were actually a form of medicine used to treat age-related cognitive decline and ADD sufferers. It isn’t new. Another brain enhancer that might come to mind is Adderall – the scholar’s drug. In fact, everyone has been using at least one sort of brain booster at one point of their life, be it a drug or even simply caffeine in coffee.
Everyone at one point of their life has used a form of performance enhancer. However, recent news has seen the increasing amount of students taking these smart drugs. And in light of this, has caused many new varying opinions on whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.
Those who are against Nootropics reason that students shouldn’t be allowed to develop a reliance on the drug, as that may prove a lifelong dependency on the pill. Also the fact that having increased mental performance due to a drug may not be ethically correct, critics say.
Another argument against the use of Nootropics is how similar it is to other vices already present in today’s society – alcohol and cigarettes, to name a few.
However, the advocates of Nootropics are firm with their belief that if there is something that can be used to put you ahead of the competition in today’s increasingly competitive world, this might put you a step ahead the rest. According to them, it’s not only something you need, but something you desperately want to achieve, anyway. Furthermore, it is a right to one’s basic human right: the ability to make your own decisions. If the public is presented with the facts, yet still opt for that choice, why should they be stopped?
There are also talks about the role of such pills in developing countries, where the aid of such pill can give them that extra push.
Whatever side you might be on about whether or not Nootropics are good for sosciety, the arguments being made at the moment leave a lot of grey area, and even a lot more to be desired. In any case, we’ll have to agree that Nootropics work well, and well enough to call negative attention.