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  • ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a unique condition that has emerged online in the last few years, characterized by this awesome tingling sensation along the scalp, neck, and shoulders when triggered by certain sounds.

  • The most common triggers for ASMR are whispering and crisp sounds, such as tapping and crinkling.

  • One defining characteristic though is that all of the sounds are made within close proximity of the listener.

  • In fact, "close attention" is a recurring theme in ASMR videos, and role-playing is often used to accomplish that.

  • Real ASMRtists also use binaural microphones to accomplish real interactive sounds that puts the listener in the room with them.

  • Not everybody gets these sensations when listening to trigger sounds.

  • And many of the symptoms are only anecdotally reported by members of the ASMR community.

  • In fact, little to no scientific research has proven that ASMR actually exists.

  • However, look on any of the popular ASMR video channels on YouTube to see that this phenomenon is very real.

  • The most popular of these ASMR channels is of course GentleWhispering a.k.a. Maria who has accumulated over 173 million views since 2011.

  • Autonomous, sensory, meridian, response.

  • There's also Whisper Talk Studios, Heather Feather, Massage ASMR, Ephemeral Rift and ASMR Requests.

  • In the one study that has been done about this topic, researchers found that participants mostly used ASMR videos as a source of relaxation and for dealing with stress.

  • Some participants even admitted that ASMR helped to relieve depression.

  • However, like I mentioned before, no real scientific research has been done on ASMR, so please don't go replacing your antidepressants with Heather Feather videos.

  • Just look straight ahead please.

  • So how do you know if you have ASMR?

  • Well, you could pick up a nice set of binaural-friendly headphones and go over to one of those YouTube channels and see for yourself.

  • Or maybe this can help...

  • I have this pack of Sour Patch Kids if you'd like some.

  • Here, let me, let me open this pack of Sour Patch Kids for you.

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ASMR, or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a unique condition that has emerged online in the last few years, characterized by this awesome tingling sensation along the scalp, neck, and shoulders when triggered by certain sounds.

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