If you are reading this online and not listening via the Amazon Alexa skill, you can see above this girl is tapping this microphone. This is the case with a lot of ASMR videos.
So... what exactly is ASMR?
This is a new craze that started in 2015 on YouTube that everyone's talking about, but has been a thing for a while. So you may be wondering... what is this? Why is this person whispering into this microphone and brushing it, making smacking noises and more?
Before we get into that... ASMR actually stands for something. It stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. And to take a look at what that means, head over to it's Wikipedia page. But ASMR is to relax people, and give you "tingles" to help you sleep. This is especially helpful for people with insomnia, and there's been cases where ASMR has actually cured that. So if you have that problem, give it a try.
ASMR videos range from just a person tapping a microphone, to whispering into it, to some very sexual NSFW content that ASMR creators stress ASMR is not about sexual content. And for those reasons, some people who listen to ASMR or create ASMR videos are embarrassed by the fact that they are apart of it, just because they think they would look very strange by listening to someone brush a microphone and whisper into it. And by hearing that alone, it may sound very odd.
So I gave ASMR a try. I listened to some, and it was relaxing, but very strange. I stopped listening because I had no problems sleeping and didn't really need the relaxation (I don't even listen to sounds of waterfalls or birds chirping to relax me, a more common method) but it was relaxing.
Most of these videos gain a large amount of popularity. But by me saying that, doesn't mean you should create a video expecting a lot of views. That's not always the case. But, if you want to make a video just to relax people, then go right on ahead.
This is an example of a typical ASMR video. A person whispering into it, and more recently... nibbling and licking the mic's ear? Why does the mic have ears?
That's what, what the ASMR creators seem to call themselves as "ASMRtists" use for videos. It's to give a better feel of the actual person's ears. Of course, there are a lot more ASMRtists making videos. Such as ASMR Darling, ASMR Massage Psychetruth, GwenGwiz ASMR, and more. And as you can tell, "ASMR" is usually in the channel names. I can't explain to you why it is, but it is. It may be to give the viewer a sense that it's an ASMR channel and not a random video they did one day and carried on with they're typical video making of Vlogs.
What do you think about ASMR? Do you think it's interesting and nice to see, or just downright strange and not normal? Let us know in the comments below.
In my personal opinion... It's something that definitely did enjoy, but don't see myself using in the long run. Maybe here and there (and this is a genuine thought.)
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