ASMR: We answer the most popular and weird questions

APR 06, 2021 AT 04:38 AM

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We became interested in the topic of ASMR, and so we decided to answer the most common questions about it. Want to experience pleasant tingles? It’s time to learn more about this marvelous phenomenon.

Can people who never get tingles experience ASMR?

There are quite a lot of videos with titles like this, but they don’t actually offer anything special. Psychologists say that some people can’t experience tingles no matter what triggers they see or hear; their subconscious mind blocks these physical reactions. The actual percentage of such people is unknown as there have been no significant studies on the subject.

How many people experience ASMR?

For now, we don’t have the scientific data, and the scale of current research isn’t enough to say for sure what percentage of people experience ASMR. What’s more, each person has their own individual reaction. Some triggers can cause tingles for one group of people but have no effect on another group.

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How do you experience ASMR?

Usually, people experience ASMR when they watch a video or listen to an audio created specifically for the purpose. These videos and audios contain special triggers. Often, it’s a silent whispering, the sound of chewing gum or something crispy being chewed, or the rustle of packaging when it’s crumpled in someone’s hands.

Why does ASMR make me sleepy?

Psychologists claim that ASMR triggers calm the conscious mind and make us concentrate on the trigger itself. By doing this, the brain relaxes and can have a break from certain thoughts and worries. That’s why the majority of people want to fall asleep when watching videos with an ASMR effect.

Who invented the term ASMR?

The term was invented by Jennifer Allen. She posted it first on the Steady Health forum in 2010. But we should note that three years prior to that, special channels on YouTube started to appear that introduced speakers who whispered with the specific aim of causing the tingles. But it was Jennifer who invented the name that has since come into common use.

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What do ASMR tingles feel like?

People describe these feelings differently. In some cases, it’s a kind of tingle in the head that travels down the spinal cord; in others, it’s like champagne bubbles inside their heads. Sometimes, people claim to immediately go into a trance or fall asleep when they listen to ASMR triggers. The most common description is of tingles in the head and all over the body. But nearly all responders agree that this is one of the most pleasant feelings they’ve ever had.

What’s ASMR Eating?

Many YouTube channels now specialize in ASMR, and nearly all of them have a special section like ASMR Eating, or they just contain a lot of videos that show the YouTuber eating something in front of a sensitive microphone. The sound of chewing causes tingles in quite a lot of people.

What can cause ASMR?

There are many triggers, including the most popular ones like whispering and tapping on a surface. Also, many people feel tingles when they hear the sound of hair being cut or pages turning. The diversity of triggers is unbelievably wide, with a new one being added nearly every day.

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What does ASMR stand for?

ASMR stands for autonomous sensory meridian response. This is the inner reaction of the body to different external factors. The factors can be different for every person.

Why do people like ASMR?

It sounds amazing, but ASMR can help people de-stress and feel calm and peaceful. There are a number of modern psychology studies that claim that ASMR can help overcome insomnia, depression, and even chronic pain.