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Elsa
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I'm curious about ASMR. Can someone fill me in?  The good? The bad? Where did it come from? What's the shadow side?

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I'm not sure where it came from - maybe youtube? I started hearing about it a lot when there was a superbowl commercial a couple years back, featuring ASMR, starring the daughter of Lenny Kravitz I believe. I think it was for beer?

My mom just sent me a magazine thing about Bob Ross, because I watched a lot a lot of Bob Ross when I was little - usually with my elderly babysitter. One of the articles called him the godfather of ASMR! With his calm, soothing voice, and the scratching of his palette knife on the canvas - it makes sense. I don't know if the relaxing quality was intentional on his part, but I thought that was interesting.

Now, I find myself watching a lot of Rodney Yee yoga videos, and it's hard for me to tolerate videos by anyone else. He also has a super soothing voice, and it really helps me relax and let go of distractions. 

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I think it all started because of some brains' way of processing sound information in a way that the ASMR videos cause skin tingles. They don't give me tingles.

I thought it was relaxing then youtube (that figures out new and different ways to create a worse user experience) inserted ads that are not relaxing so I don't listen anymore.

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I stumbled on this looking for info on something else. I got near immediate tingles, like within two seconds.  I have to say, I didn't like it. I didn't stick around to like it, though I did listen (briefly) to four different people. All four were outrageously effective.

I am trying to better understand it because whatever it is, I am susceptible to it. I think it could be used for nefarious purpose, frankly.  Because there is always shadow.

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@elsa yes I agree and experienced it myself with one video

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I experience the tingling too, especially with the crackling sounds. It reminds me of eating hot pork rinds - lol. I also get tingles from good singing voices, and it's always much more intense when live as opposed to a recording. I figure everyone feels that?

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@cocopeaches No, I don't have that experience. I cry really easy when listening to music, I hate when there is a musician at a restaurant.

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@tam Interesting! I don't think I've ever cried from hearing music. But I almost always get full body tingles when I hear someone sing.

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