ASMR…What’s That?

What on earth are those videos called ASMR about? Why are they whispering? Is this really an hour long video of someone tapping?? Read on…

Have you ever experienced that super tingly sensation when you visit the hairdresser or the barbers? They’re massaging your scalp and you just zone out and float, almost asleep?

Do certain quiet, gentle voices start sending you to sleep? Not because they are dull and monotonous but because your head is humming from the relaxing sound of their voice?

High heels quietly clacking on a polished floor makes you stop and be still so as not to disrupt the buzz in your head…

Then you have ASMR. You experience a physical reaction to sounds and/or voices. Or to take ASMR out of its acronymic form…you experience an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. For such a relaxing auditory experience they sure made it a challenge to say it outloud! If you are lucky enough to experience ASMR it can be a wonderful way to zone out from the business of the world and find a moment of peace for yourself.

Attributions: By Emma L. Barratt, Nick J. Davis ( [CC BY 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

People who experienced this sensation but didn’t know what it was (because the term ASMR hadn’t been coined yet…) were brought together on Youtube as the whisper community. And guess what? They made videos, whispering. And then this community grew into what it is now where you can watch/listen to countless videos all trying to trigger that sensation in you and help you relax and even find those zzz’s: the videos range from sounds only videos to whispers with gentle hand movements; soft spoken videos to show and tells; roleplays of every day scenarios to role plays which are miniature films in themselves. Spoiled for choice. Unfortunately there is also a rather lovely section of pornography that have jumped on the bandwagon of ASMR to lower it into the gutter and by doing so discredit the work of other ASMRtists. It is dangerous to associate ASMR with pornography as many of the creators are innocent in their creations and have other jobs and family and friends…it’s not a case of live and let live. Call pornography porn and leave the head-humming sensation that I and many other people experience without feeling “turned on” as ASMR please.

Not all people can be triggered by videos; for some it is a real life, in the moment, experience only. However, if you are fortunate enough to experience ASMR through the videos it is a great way of combatting insomnia, stress and emotional upheaval as it promotes relaxation and comfort, making you feel safe and warm. It is a community which seeks to look after each other. Many of us (not all) arrived at the community broken. It is a community that attracts extremely vulnerable people and whilst it is certainly not a cure or replacement for advice from your GP, counsellor, medication etc, by the very fact it helps you sleep can only be a plus to the wellbeing of anyone. We must have rest. And ASMR provides that corner of comfort. It’s surprising how comforting a little moving person in a square from another land can be.

For more information…

Search “What is ASMR” into Youtube.  (What is ASMR?)

Welcome to ASMR University

8 thoughts on “ASMR…What’s That?

  1. […] Welcome to the wonderfully relaxing, tingling world that is ASMR. ASMR is a youtube community of people brought together who experience a tingly, or as I prefer, a faint hum of a sensation that is relaxing and enjoyable that starts behind the back of the head and can travel down arms and legs if you are super triggered. ASMR literally means Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and you can read more about it here. […]

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