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