If you’ve been browsing YouTube at all over the past few years, you may have noticed the emerging craze for ‘ASMR’ videos. ASMR is a growing movement where people record video and audio in order to elicit ‘brain tingles’ and ‘shivers’ in their viewers and listeners. It’s a completely innocent and seemingly harmless experience, though many people might find the whole affair a little odd – it’s therefore worth reading up on some facts to help clue you into the phenomenon! We’re here to help – read on to learn more: Here’s 11 interesting facts about ASMR…
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. It is a fairly recent phenomenon, with data online referring to the trend heading back towards the start of the 10s.
ASMR can be hard to describe, but it is ultimately a pleasant, tingling sensation which is triggered by different sounds and images. It is a strange phenomenon which is still being analysed and explored to this day.
Triggers for ASMR will differ from person to person. Some people will feel tingles when listening to specific, soft noises, while others may benefit from visual responses. Some will need to actively feel touch to be able to tingle!
ASMR tingles will generally occur from the neck up, but people can feel them in other areas of the body, too. Everyone is different in this regard!
Some people refer to ASMR as a brain massage. That’s because the images and sounds thought to stimulate your brain in this way give you a nice, pleasing tingle.
Some of the most popular sounds known to trigger ASMR in people can including whispering, crackling and even certain voices and sounds. Soothing, relaxing videos are also thought to produce this effect, too.
Around half of people who watch and benefit from ASMR video content are aged between 18 and 24, though it’s clear there is no specific correlation with regard to gender.
Various content creators go all-out to make videos likely to cause a brain tingle or two. In fact, much of the content you’ll find online serves a dual purpose. For example, you will find people who read stories in a softly-spoken voice, or you will even find instructional videos on things as DIY or makeup!
One of the most popular sources of ASMR for tingle-hunters is the classic TV series ‘The Joy of Painting’, presented by the late Bob Ross. Bob Ross is hugely popular for his soft-spoken, gentle and unflappable manner, soothingly taking viewers through how to paint landscapes step by step. There are over 30 seasons of material from the painter and presenter online.
Some may believe that ASMR is linked to the tingles and chills you might feel when listening to your favourite music. However, it is a rather different phenomenon. This phenomenon is called frisson, and while it shares some characteristics and cross-over, they are wholly separate experiences.
More and more film-makers are building ASMR into their work – meaning that you can now go to the cinema to sample a brain tingle or two!
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