Why ASMR has millions of people listening to whispers online
Everything you need to know about the strange, tingly sensation
Little do most people know, there are millions of viewers watching hundreds of YouTube videos that consist merely of people whispering into a camera and fidgeting with objects. And it makes them feel amazing.
ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) is a term for the tingling or static-like sensation that typically runs through the back of your head and moves down the neck and spine. It's a sensation that can be so deeply relaxing for some people that there are YouTubers who have made entire careers from crafting stimulating videos with high-tech microphones which invoke the sensation aurally.
The experience varies greatly from person to person, and there isn't much scientific research on it, which only makes it even more intriguing as a phenomenon that so many people have related to and actively sought out.
There are many triggers for the feeling, including role-plays in which someone gives you close personal attention while whispering, as well as the sounds of mundane items like spray bottles, a bowl of soup, or the crinkling of wrapping paper. Though the role-playing is not inherently sexual, and can be anything from someone acting as a doctor to someone getting a haircut, the experience is often described online as a "head orgasm."
ASMR has even been used as an alternative wellness treatment for migraines, though it's usually only credited with the ability to stimulate and relax the body. Even Eva Longoria explored ASMR to help you get to sleep!
The experience of ASMR is, unfortunately, not in everyone's biology, but you have to try it to find out. So grab some quality headphones and surf your way into the tingly embrace of the Internet's ASMR community.
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