What Is ASMR?
ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response - although those who have experienced it might call it the brain orgasm. It's a very pleasant tingly sensation, which many people experience as a reaction to certain visual or auditory stimuli. However, it's entirely non-sexual in nature and can be experienced by people of all ages.
What Does ASMR Actually Feel Like?
People describe ASMR as a brain orgasm, and that's certainly no exaggeration. Generally, it starts at the back of the neck, or in the scalp, then it spreads down the spine and diffuses into the nervous system as a wave of pleasure. This pleasurable feeling is affectionately known, as the tingles. Afterwards you'll be left in an extremely calm state, just like a deep meditation. Most people who can experience ASMR will probably have triggered it by accident, during childhood.
Other typical scenarios for accidental triggers are hair salons, listening to someone with a soft voice or watching someone quietly manipulating an object, such as unscrewing a makeup container. Triggering intense tingles takes practice and is very similar to meditation in some ways. It's easiest to experience ASMR if you're lying down alone, without any loud noises going on around you. A bit like sensory deprivation, except for whatever ASMR video you're listening to. Certainly, even with the experience I have,
I still couldn't trigger it in a crowded room or a loud environment like a train station. ASMR artists create thousands of different videos to intentionally trigger the tingles in different people. Every person is unique and therefore gets triggered by different types of sounds or visual stimuli, such as tapping, scratching, whispering or eating sounds and much, much more.
Most ASMR is created using a binaural microphone. These special mics pick up sound from two different angles - slightly spaced apart - just like your real ears. When you listen to binaural ASMR, with a set of good quality headphones, it creates a 3D sound effect, which greatly enhances the amount of tingles you can experience. You'll frequently see an Artist switching from side to side with their sounds in order to take advantage of this phenomenon.
Types of ASMR Videos
There are basically three different types of ASMR videos:
Trigger heavy videos
These types of videos are specifically made to trigger your ASMR. These videos will often focus on one very specific sound such as ear cupping or microphone brushing.
Casual role play videos
These include casual role-plays with occasional triggering sounds and visuals. These videos include soft talking and playing out specific scenarios, like impersonating a specific movie or anime character, or playing out a particular scene that viewers request. Generally, these are fun videos designed to entertain and engage with fans, but occasionally they can also trigger an intense ASMR reaction in certain individuals.
Visual trigger videos
Some people can be having their ASMR triggered by visual stimuli too. Imagine someone gently touching your face. If that triggers your ASMR, then you're lucky enough to be triggered visually as well. Typically, each ASMR video will cater to a certain trigger, or group of related triggers, since every person experiences ASMR in different ways.
Some common divides in the community include people who like soft talking in videos and those who prefer just to focus on the sounds, finding talking distracting. Others find inaudible whispering triggers their ASMR, while voices they can understand do not.
However, there are some people who simply don't experience ASMR and therefore don't understand what all the huge fuss is about. They might feel generally relaxed when listening to an ASMR video, but do not experience that rewarding tingly sensation. Others can experience an extreme aversion to certain sounds, just like many people cringe when they hear blackboard scratching, or the concept of ASMR videos in general. A tiny minority may even suffer from Misophonia, also known as sound-rage, and can even hate the proliferation of ASMR on YouTube.
However here are the 10 very popular ASMR artists on YouTube.
FrivilousFox is well known for her gentle demeanor as well as the quality of her trigger-heavy videos. She's also a fantastic singer, so will sing and tap you to sleep. Can you imagine having both your ears licked at once? Well, through the magic of a 3Dio Binaural Microphone, and two very Frivolous Foxes, you can now find out.
Gibi has watched a lot of ASMR videos that she first discovered by accident, and she realized that specific movements, visuals and sounds made her feel relaxed and calm. She saw the potential of the ASMR community to grow into something big, and decided that she would like to be a part of it as well. She has a variety of videos, including role-plays, cosplay, makeup videos, and a lot of her own original characters.
ASMR Darling is a very popular asmrtist. She mostly makes videos that are intended to help you sleep better, relax, focus and feel the sensational tingly ASMR feeling. Her channel even features whispered gameplay videos, like the one she added recently, where she played Fortnight as relaxing as possible, which a lot of people enjoyed.
Gentle Whispering ASMR
This channel will be your secret island of peace and relaxation. You'll feel comforted, loved and cared for when watching her relaxing and stress-free soothing videos. You'll be in good company during those rough nights or hard times, and if you let her, she'll help you find peace and beauty in places you could have never dreamed of searching for.
Caroline is one of my personal favorites. She does a lot of no speaking videos with a wide assortment of triggers. She's also well known for her ASMR live stream which loops through her best moments 24 hours a day.
Ally was one of the earliest ASMRtists to start making videos. She has a very unique soft voice which many people like and does some epic role-plays and casual chatting videos. However, she doesn't post videos as often as she used to, but we're hoping she will keep making more!
Heather Feather ASMR
Tingle seekers are always welcome on Heather Feather's channel. She's aware that for some people out there, sleep can be a daily battle. She's here to help you in your battles, or even fight them for you, and help you fall asleep a lot easier. Drift to sleep with the help of Heather's gentle tingle videos. Her videos range from role plays, to original stories, guided meditations, sound assortments, pure sounds, and much more. She does a lot of experimenting and doesn't believe in setting creative boundaries especially when it comes to ASMR.
Olivia Kissper ASMR
Olivia's comes across as a very caring person and you can feel the warmth coming through in all of her videos. Many find her accent is surprisingly tingly for many people and she does some fantastic videos, with lots of layered inaudible sounds and inventive triggers.
Cosmic Tingles ASMR
Personally I love the variety you'll find on Kayla's ASMR channel. You'll find everything from role-plays to layered sounds and specific trigger videos. No matter what you're looking for you're sure to find something that will give you the tingles.
There are also some male ASMRtists too, with more starting every day. His name is Dmitri, and he has over 700 videos of massages, tapping sounds, role plays, no talking videos and a lot more. He's very passionate about ASMR, and he pours all that passion into the ASMR videos that he posts on his channel.