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Poll: Do you experience autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)? (168 votes)

Yes! A great deal of it. 21%
Yes, but only a little or rarely 27%
No I don't 17%
What the hell is ASMR? 35%
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#1 Posted by DriveupLife (1173 posts) -

ASMR is an awesome built in neurological response that exists in some people. You might "have" it, and not even know it! Check out this page or this video to learn more.

I experience ASMR up and down the right side of my spine when someone whispers in my right ear...and thats it! Funny how certain parts of the body react to sounds.

What about you? Definitely check out this phenomenon if you haven't, its an amazing way to get to sleep faster and enjoy some peace in quiet in a whole new way!

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#2 Posted by Video_Game_King (36564 posts) -

Not that I can tell. If anything, I have an averse reaction to sound.

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#3 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (6222 posts) -


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#4 Posted by Yummylee (24646 posts) -

Absolutely. I love checking out new ASMR videos on youtube and have been for a couple of years now.

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#5 Posted by ll_Exile_ll (2693 posts) -

All the time. Most often when I hear someone on voice chat fiddling around with something on their end, I love it.

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#6 Posted by RonGalaxy (4688 posts) -

A little bit, but not really. I can definitely feel something when I hear whispering, but I have to wear headphones while listening to it and even then the effect is very subdued. I know for some people it's almost like a euphoric experience, and I don't experience that. Maybe I'm just imagining the feeling.

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#7 Posted by Sgtpierceface (735 posts) -


"Sucks to your ASMR!"

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#8 Edited by TheHT (14306 posts) -


The one time I remember getting that feeling really prominently from headphones is this barbershop video. It's that tingly feeling right? Didn't know it had a name, but judging by some of the responses here I suppose it still sorta doesn't?

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#9 Posted by Grimhild (795 posts) -

Bob Ross usually, and specific pronunciation of certain consonant sounds, but usually not when it sounds forced like in most ASMR audio. It's hard to explain, which is kind of the nature of the beast to begin with.

Was definitely one of those things I grew up thinking everyone experienced when they watched NOVA documentaries in the 90's as a child. A strange thing, this fairly recent fascination with it is.

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#10 Posted by Slag (7349 posts) -

Hunh I guess I do. Never knew this was a thing. Mainly feel it in the back of my head, down the top of my spine, felt it all my life. The linked video definitely did it a little for me.

The Star Spangled Banner of all things often does it to me, for whatever reason that song is just like a rush of Endorphins straight to my cerebral cortex.

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#11 Posted by rachelepithet (1646 posts) -

I have Gluten Free ASMR.

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#12 Edited by Random45 (1726 posts) -

Yes! When it's late and I'm sleepy, I just watching shoe shining, shaving, massage, or painting videos on Youtube. I have NO idea why, but it gives me that really pleasant feeling, and I just get extremely relaxed. ASMR is pretty great, it's too bad if you don't experience it.

Edit: The best way to experience it is to watch that scene from Toy Story 2 where Woody is being repaired by the one guy. I'm not even joking.

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#14 Posted by ThatOneDudeNick (1454 posts) -

Absolutely. I've been getting more and more into it recently. I always watch an ASMR video before I go to sleep (sitting up, I can't be triggered while laying down). A big part of me upgrading my headphones was my ASMR obsession. I've started making my own audio for ASMR (I'm mostly triggered by sounds more than visual or roleplay) using two mics to simulate a 3d effect (a good binural mic is very expensive).

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#15 Posted by Capum15 (5694 posts) -

Nope, not that I can tell.

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#16 Posted by rachelepithet (1646 posts) -

Science hates fads.

I'm all for liking stuff just because you discovered other people liking it (Macarana, Pogs, saying What can I do you for instead of what can I do for you, wearing your watch on the left wrist and face side down, eating a chicken sandwich using a 2nd and 3rd chicken patty in place of bread)... but talking yourself into thinking you're having a heart attack because you watched PBS last night, or convincing yourself you've been allergic to bread or the noise bubble wrap makes ALL ALONG the day a hipster bar opens on main street that offers $30 loaves of allergy free free range bread and anti-noise cancellation stations... I feel sorry for you. And sorry for the 0.001% of people that actually had such problems who now find their grocery bill or medication prices skyrocketing.

After ASMR and Gluten, I wouldn't be surprised to see aerosol and asbestos come back in style, with CNN talking head "celebrity scientists" claiming the ozone layer never existed and that was just something made up to keep you away from the ANTI AGING powers of huffing hair spray.

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#17 Edited by Bribo (716 posts) -

I don't know. I watched that explanatory video past the irritating whispery bits to where they finally define what ASMR stands for and now I just feel really angry.

Now I kinda want to punch someone in the face.

Is that ASMR?

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#18 Posted by Landon (4137 posts) -

Yes, I love ASMR videos.

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#19 Posted by bellmont42 (341 posts) -

I have checked out those weird whispery lady videos and all I can hear is their lips and tongues making wet smacking sounds and breathing. It's pretty irritating.

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#20 Posted by falserelic (5770 posts) -

I do get the shakes from time to time, but I don't know if its from sound or not. Though that doesn't matter right now for me. I'm just confused about a girl I know at my job. I'm hearing two sounds of my own moral voices in my head, I'm driving myself nuts at the moment.

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#21 Posted by CosmoKramer (83 posts) -

@rachelepithet: Slow down. Nobody's claiming we need to build a discipline on top of this trend. People needed a name for a sensation they think they share, it happened to sound pseudo-scienceish, that's all there is to it. Even the person that coined the term (some woman who was in a pre-ASMR Facebook group) admits that it makes no actual sense.

And yeah, I do experience ASMR from time to time. Although I mostly use it for background noise when working.

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#23 Edited by xyzygy (10595 posts) -

I get that when I lay in bed while a party is going on in the house/a house beside me. I love falling asleep to the sound of people doing things, it gives me exactly that feeling down my spine and makes me so comfortable.

I don't really know how to define it apart from getting chills down my spine. I get it from music a lot. It makes me want to go to bed.

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#24 Posted by Disaya (294 posts) -

I have experienced ASMR for a long time now but didn't even know what it officially was or called until very recently. I would always watch these "silent" (non-talking) Japanese cooking videos, such as this person, because I found the sounds so relaxing and.........a sensation in my spine and at the base of my skull. Had no idea why I experienced that until someone in the comment section mentioned it, and I had my "aha" moment I guess. My favorite ASMR youtubers are soundsculptures and massageasmr, great before going to bed and needing to relax. :)

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#25 Edited by myketuna (1880 posts) -

Yes, I do.

I don't really get it down my spine or anything, but my scalp/back of my head tingles like crazy. Very relaxing. I'll usually watch a video to help me go to sleep. Once I found out about it a couple of years ago, I realized this is one of the reasons I liked watching Bob Ross as a kid. It gave me the relaxing feeling most of the time watching him paint and serenely speak about it.

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#26 Posted by rachelepithet (1646 posts) -

Nails on chalkboards and snare drums in a marching band do that to me too.

The weird part is that the pre-existing, boob-thumbnail google Adsense profiting YouTube lady community has used THAT as a way to get around porn censor policies. Some seem to feign legitimacy by simply doing "here is me crumpling paper in a revealing dress" while others are flat out doing "I'll whisper 'take me daddy' with my glossy lips against the camera till you **** yourself to sleep".

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#27 Posted by Nime (545 posts) -

Nope, not at all. I read all about it and tried everything back when I saw Reddit starting to get obsessed with it a year or two ago, but nothing worked. I always tried to convince myself it worked because I wanted to be part of the fad I suppose, but nope.

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#28 Posted by oodli (135 posts) -

i have absolutly no idea what any of you are talking about, but that video was kinda creepy.

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#29 Posted by bigmess (457 posts) -


I almost exclusively get haircuts just for the feeling I get down my spine from the sound of the razor.

Thanks for showing me this so that I may never get another haircut again.

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#30 Edited by impartialgecko (1863 posts) -

Watched that video and was legitimately freaked out. I got light-headed and anxious and felt like I was about to faint. I've had panic attacks before and I got the same preliminary sensations. Seriously fucking messed up.

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#31 Posted by EVO (4029 posts) -

I used to get it in high school whenever a female teacher would lean over my shoulder and help me out with class work. Made me feel all warm and tingly.

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#32 Edited by BabyChooChoo (6555 posts) -

Didn't even know it had a name. I experience it a lot particularly while listening to rain. Not the shitty, flash flood rain, but more that sorta "bit more than a drizzle" rain. I feel like I've always been conscious of the sensation, but just never gave it much though to be honest.

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#33 Edited by rachelepithet (1646 posts) -

Manuel & Luigi?

I can understand getting scared of the electric razor when it cuts near your ears, but not an erotic or high on drugs type of response as all these hot-for-a-fatgirl youtube channels seem to be going for.

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#34 Posted by Lunnington (516 posts) -

I wouldn't call it relaxed but sometimes I get a chill down my spine when I think about someone running their finger across a super clingy fabric, like silk or something.

Is this one of those viral marketing "see how many people fall for this" things?

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#35 Edited by Zeik (4417 posts) -

I sometimes get a very strong tingling sensation when I listen to certain music, does that count?

I've never heard of it, and I don't know if I experience it, but I do know I don't want to be associated with people that use the words "Whisper Community " and "ASMRtists". Holy shit is that pretentious.

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#36 Posted by PandaBear (1484 posts) -

Five minutes of reading and all I found was a bunch of scientists calling ASMR a load of shit that's near impossible to test and if it does exist won't cause any issues anyway. You may as well ask 'are you ticklish?'.

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#37 Edited by SinGulaR (2553 posts) -

Oh.. that is a thing with a name? Yes.. my whole upper body including arms and neck.

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#38 Edited by Trilogy (3083 posts) -

Yep, I've experienced ASMR as long as I can remember, but I never knew what it was, what to call it, or if anyone else experienced the same thing. For me, and apparently almost every other person who experiences ASMR, Bob Ross was sort of the start of the whole thing. I really only learned about the ASMR community a couple of years ago, and sometimes I wonder how long before that it existed. I mean, without the internet, I probably would of gone through life with this sensation that I couldn't articulate or make sense of.

@pandabear said:

Five minutes of reading and all I found was a bunch of scientists calling ASMR a load of shit that's near impossible to test and if it does exist won't cause any issues anyway. You may as well ask 'are you ticklish?'.

The problem with this mentality is that it approaches ASMR as if it's some kind of disease or condition.The name doesn't come from the medical field, as it's just something people who experience it decided to call it. Essentially, asmr is about deep relaxation and/or tingly sensation around the body. I've caught myself watching hours of asmr videos, totally entranced by content that would otherwise be considered extremely mundane, even to myself. It can trigger from certain light sounds or soft speaking, and different people have different triggers. It can be the physical reaction of chills/vibration down the back, or it can be just a general relaxation. Because of this, I'm not even sure I see the point of scientifically nailing it down.

So yea, asmr won't "cause issues" because it's not something you have, it's something you experience. It can be used as a sleep aid for insomniacs, or possibly even a mechanism to cope with mood disorders. I'm not saying it's a cure or a replacement to medicine or proper professional help, but people have claimed to benefit greatly from it. It's really not that dissimilar to people who benefit from listening to the sounds of nature, or use white noise to fall asleep.

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#39 Posted by Jazz_Lafayette (3897 posts) -

It used to very consistently happen when, in elementary school, our librarian would dim the lights and read stories to the class (we also sat on this staired, carpeted seating that was easy to lay back on). I've gotten the sensation from some of those intentionally-crafted YouTube deals, too, but it's not on a regular basis.

@zeik said:

I don't want to be associated with people that use the words "Whisper Community " and "ASMRtists". Holy shit is that pretentious.

Fatuous, maybe, but that isn't pretension.

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#40 Posted by ShockD (2487 posts) -

I get ASMR from a good porn alright.

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#41 Edited by MonetaryDread (2766 posts) -

@rachelepithet said:
After ASMR and Gluten, I wouldn't be surprised to see aerosol and asbestos come back in style,

In my Mineralogy class last year I remember there was a chapter about Asbestos. Apparently Chrysotile (White Asbestos) is mostly harmless, unless you are a miner exposed to asbestos dust all day, and the asbestos ban is mostly out of fear for Amphibole (The nasty asbestos).


I kind of feel ASMR. It usually only happens in real life situations when my girlfriend whispers sweet nothings into my ear. My favourite artists are Massage ASMR and ASMR Angel. I find that sound quality is one of the most important aspects of an ASMR recording and they are the best.

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#42 Posted by markem (136 posts) -

I've noticed it when being at a concert, listening to music I really like, having decent conversations about topics that I didn't know anyone else would care about!

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#43 Posted by Aetheldod (3914 posts) -

Nope ... and I hate whispering so I could only take a few minutes of the video.

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#44 Edited by GearSol (79 posts) -

I think I remember watching videos on Youtube about this a while back (maybe last year), but they didn't really have an effect on me. I usually just listened to them when I was getting sleepy, since it was just nice to here someone talking like that.

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#47 Posted by Palmlykta (265 posts) -

This is like the feeling I get when somebody cuts my hair I guess.