Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. It has been compared with auditory-tactile synesthesia and may overlap with frisson.So, that's what Wikipedia tells us ASMR is (the official meaning) but of course, we want to know in lamens terms (autonomous what now??😖) what this magical thing called ASMR is. Now that we know what it stands for, what is it actually? In my own words: Video OR Audio that stimulates the senses to create a euphoria like state and to cause you to have "tingles". This is similar to the feeling you get when someone tickles your back or plays with your hair. Now, before you get any silly dirty ideas, ASMR is not some kind of sex fetish (although you could possibly get sexual ASMR for those who love porn - I'm guessing😏😏)
The purpose of ASMR is to relax people and it is a very popular topic on YouTube, in fact, it is one of the most searched things on YouTube. Most people watch or listen to these videos/audios because it helps to calm their anxiety or insomnia. Some people would even describe the feeling associated with watching or listening to ASMR as brain-melting or having a braingasm. I first stumbled upon ASMR one evening when I was struggling with my anxiety so I typed into the search bar "videos for euphoria" and BOOM a whole new world of wonderful ASMR opened up to me. I found it all so fascinating and had no idea that this even existed until that moment (about a year ago). The ASMRtist (YES I SO DID) uses a special microphone (there are a few different ones on the market) and recording equipment (this would include a camera FYI lolz) that can capture specific sounds really well.
Why do I watch ASMR videos? I find that it calms me down (I have social anxiety disorder as well as general anxiety and insomnia) and takes my mind off of anything and everything. I don't get the magical tingles that some people feel from ASMR but I still find it extremely satisfying. My favourite ASMRtist is Oliva Kissper on YouTube. She has a few psychedelic videos with layered sounds and these videos put me into sensory overload. A natural high that makes me feel so relaxed that I feel like I am floating. She also does a few with hand movements, I don't exactly know how this works but it makes me so drowsy and calm. Her videos are specifically designed to help people to heal from trauma and anxiety. This has become a nightly routine for me (if only my phones battery would last longer sometimes GRRRRRRR!!!) So, my honest opinion is that ASMR is absolutely amazing and I would highly recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety and insomnia.