Anyone else feel like we can skip the rest of 2020 at this rate…perhaps a few disasters ago? Wildfires in Australia, the death of Kenny Rodgers, a pandemic - what is it that you want from us?! I mean, I was THIS close to implementing my own, personal stay-at-home order. [Disclaimer: It’s not like I listened to Kenny Rodgers on the ‘reg, but…2020, you just stole ½ of my favorite Christmas album duo. YOU DO NOT TOUCH DOLLY, 2020.] Perhaps this is the best time for some "Accidental ASMR" videos - for real.
If you’re not familiar with ASMR - autonomous sensory meridian response - it basically boils down to relaxation when you hear certain sounds. A soothing voice, for example. The ASMR concept is more layered, with people describing audio as one that produces tingling on the scalp or down the spine.
The NY Times offers a more in-depth analysis of ASMR, especially its fledgling status in the world of biology, physiology, or something completely different. Which is exactly the issue with trying to "pin down" ASMR. The term Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is not founded in a scientific study. In fact, it was generated by a group of people who found a common thread with their experiences while listening or watching soothing content and developed to serve as a serious identifier of a fairly ambiguous sensation.
Despite the lack of scientific backing, content creators honed in on the popularity of ASMR among fans making it one of the most searched topics on YouTube of late - even beating search term powerhouses like “beauty” and “fashion” over the past 12 months.
If you’ve ever felt a tingly sensation on your scalp while listening to a tv show (like Bob Ross) or fallen asleep listening to a relaxing video, you might have experienced “ASMR.” Until more studies (there have only been a few) are conducted to determine the root cause of the ASMR phenomenon, we will just refer to it as the relaxing videos that can be a nice break from the stress of the day. Like, from COVID-19.
Here are some effective “Accidental” ASMR videos - including one that has to be the CUTEST ever. Enjoy!