The procedure wasn't painful because the person I went to had some numbing agent that I'm almost certain they weren't supposed to have (by saying this I can't say where I got it done so the body mod artist doesn't get in trouble). I opted for super glue instead of a stitch which also helps in the pain department.
The biggest drawback, as someone who is active, was how sensitive it was to touch. You basically have a hard lump right under some thin skin. I would end up doing push ups with that finger off the ground for a couple of years. If you banged it, it hurt like hell. I got mine removed and my girlfriend got one put in. She got hers removed a few years later. The coating on hers did end up breaking and her skin got a bit discolored where it was.
But hey, want to try it without having to cut a finger open? Try super-gluing a small neodymium disc magnet to a fingernail. Just be careful with your phone.
Feel like it should be possible to have a bracelet that buzzes in response to magnetic fields as a less extreme alternative to this?
For the same reason, electromagnets need to use an enormous amount of power to be effective over long distances.
That's why people get these magnets implanted; because they sit right against the nerve, and the distance is on the order of nanometers. Hurts like heck to get it in, though.
Which to me makes sense, I wouldn't put the sensitivity at the base of my finger above what I have at the tip.
All that being said I've long been interested in trying this.
It was cool to watch, but then I was starting to worry what if one day my doctor want to put me through a MRI machine ...
> Neodymium magnets are the strongest and most permanent magnets known to man. If they are not overheated or physically damaged, neodymium magnets will lose less than 1% of their strength over 10 years - not enough for you to notice unless you have very sensitive measuring equipment.
So while they apparently do degrade, it still makes me wonder what these people are doing to markedly reduce the power of their magnets considerably over just a few year.
 K&J Magnetics - FAQ https://www.kjmagnetics.com/faq.asp
But the speed at which people are reporting their magnets losing strength makes me think they're either using low-quality magnets, or their brains getting used to the sensations and tuning them out. I think if mammals had an evolutionary purpose for sensing magnetic fields, they'd already have methods for doing so. From recollection I think dolphins have this trait and use it to navigate.
or nerve damage from having a magnet just under the surface, several of the people here said it hurt to bump them
Some magnets lose strength from concussions and higher temperatures. A very strong magnetic field can also damage the magnet. That said, motors with permanent magnets have quite good performance properties and are pretty energy efficient.
And if your magnet fails, you can always revitalize it with an external magnetic field.
Surely it's not necessary to put one inside you.
It's about a guy who made a belt to always vibrate in the direction of true north.
> I suddenly realized that my perception had shifted. I had some kind of internal map of the city in my head. I could always find my way home. Eventually, I felt I couldn't get lost, even in a completely new place.
So there does seem to be some kind of benefit to adding new senses whether through internal or external modification.
Also practically, consider the feeling of a little bitty splinter embedded in your hand, versus on top of your hand
Seems more upgradable.
It's just something weird humans enjoy doing.
What is wrong with wanting to look different? What makes you so great that you can judge people?
Interesting syntactical ambiguity here:
It's just (something weird) humans enjoy doing.
It's just something (weird humans) enjoy doing.
It's just, uh, something weird, um, humans enjoy doing.
> I see no reason to accuse them of being judgemental.
Note that phrasing can be condescending regardless of the author's intention.
And who made you the judge of condescension, anyway? How condescending is that. Hypocrisy.
Lol @ "phrasing can be condescending", that's a silly level of pretend objectivity.
Wrt to "feeling different", thats what every body mod enthusiast I've ever met or seen on TV said their reason is.
As far as my opinion? There's nothing wrong with it. But I wouldn't hire them for any potentially customer facing roles.
Many people use body modification to feel ownership and control over their bodies, or to essentially make a part of their identity physical. This no doubt has mental health benefits - my own piercings help me in feeling control over myself in a society that seeks to take that away from me.
> just to feel different.
Saying someone does something "just to feel different" is extremely condescending. It's like saying "just for attention" which is not the reason people do everything.
It is implying people who choose to do body modification are vain and childish.
Struggling to find the videos, best I could do was : https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-ylHmM2zLNQfaCIDYKKG...
We desperately need something better than YouTube.
I forget about it for a month or so sometimes. It's neat, I guess, for storing a small amount of text information (bitcoin private key, stuff like that). Can read with any NFC capable phone.
I have one of the earlier generations of these magnets implanted and everyone needs to understand the risks. Mine has lost its charge and I hope that it isn’t due to a leak in the silicone and that it isn’t being devoured by my body. It’s probably been pushing a decade now and I am passively looking for someone to remove this implant as well as a rejecting transdermal.
If you do get any of these body mods done, realize that many aren’t going to be forever and you will need to have a removal plan.
Get your beard trimmed at the same time.
It would remove the touch/blockiness issues and be touching many more nerves.
I wonder what are those
Was there an attraction?
But to the actual question of anybody actually getting this done, I still don't see the reason why. Yes, these things can be done; but for what purpose? Like, is there a professional advantage?
Don't see any positive of doing this magnet thing...other than negatives. Known and unknown