ASMR Facts: What Is Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response? (List25)

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You need some tingly ASMR facts you can fall asleep to. This phenomenon called Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) is a big deal on YouTube! It only makes sense. You’re stressed, can’t sleep, and filling your head with warm tingles is your magical key into dreamland. Then again, you might also be new to this whole thing. You’re siting there thinking, what the heck is ASMR? Allow me to help you out.

It’s the latest sensation sweeping YouTube and the internet at large. YouTubers create videos intended to relax viewers and help them fall asleep. They use every calming technique in the book, including a variety of sounds, visual triggers, supported by impressive binaural microphones. It might sound weird, but it’s surprisingly effective and has reached a mainstream audience. That doesn’t mean there aren’t potential dangers lying in wait, though (stick around and you’ll see what I mean).

Still confused about ASMR? The fact is that it doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned ASMRer or new to the whole thing, there’s something for everyone with these tingly ASMR facts you can fall asleep to.

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Fringe

youtubeSource: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/researchers-begin-gently-probe-science-behind-asmr-180962550/

The ASMR phenomenon didn’t happen over night. As YouTube videos grew in popularity, internet dwellers claimed to experience tingles with certain videos. It remained a fringe corner of the internet for years until becoming more popular over time with YouTubers making videos directed at those who experience tingles.

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Origins

startSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/551966/facts-about-asmr-phenomenon-behind-scalp-tingles

Tingly sensations, of course, are not a new feeling, but the term “ASMR” was coined by Jennifer Allen. She created the first ASMR Facebook group in 2010 and since then, the name stuck. She’s been heavily active in ASMR and continues to be a big part of the community, overall.

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The Feeling

ASMR_MapSource: http://mentalfloss.com/article/551966/facts-about-asmr-phenomenon-behind-scalp-tingles

Called “head tingles,” “brain tingles,” or “brain orgasm,” people describe the feeling of ASMR as pleasant, warm, and pleasurable tingles over your scalp and the back of your neck. It’s primarily a relaxing sensation and is considered a totally unique experience from anything else.

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ASMRtists

asmr vectorSource: https://www.businessinsider.com/asmr-make-money-on-youtube-2018-5

YouTubers who create videos specifically for ASMR are called “ASMRtists.” Initially, like most things on YouTube, they did it for fun and to be part of a shared community. Now that it’s widely popular, some ASMRtists like “Gentle Whispering ASMR,” make a living off their videos, raking in six-figure incomes.

Here’s an example. 

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ASMR-capable

tinglesSource: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5322228/

Not everyone experiences it. Those who do are called “ASMR-capable.” No one really knows how many people fit in this category. One early psychological study found a link to certain personality traits. ASMR-capable people scored higher on Openness to Experiences and Neuroticism and lower on the Conscientiousness, Extraversion, and Agreeableness sections of the Big Five Inventory scale.



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