In this day & age, I’ve found that if someone has the time or energy to judge how someone else chooses to relax, they’re not worth your time or energy.
As long as what you’re doing is not hurting yourself or others, why does it matter if you prefer a calming bubble bath with a glass of wine; or a captivating game of chess with your partner; or chilling out to a YouTube video?
Recently, I’ve found that I enjoy ASMR, a niche that gets a bad wrap. Let’s unpack it:
Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR)
is a perceptual sensory phenomenon, likened to meditation, which encompasses a pleasant and calming “tingling” sensation localized to the scalp and neck in those able to experience it. These sensations are triggered by specific auditory and visual stimuli such as whispering, personal attention, and even being the subject of a physician’s clinical examination. People looking to experience ASMR turn to the website “YouTube” where videos have been produced that utilize these triggers. These videos are generally watched by users in a quiet environment to achieve the relaxing effect of ASMRJames V. Lloyd, Thomas P. O. Ashdown, and Lucy R. Jawad
Simply put, for some people it’s how they have full body responses to certain sounds. & For the some people who experience ASMR, not everyone enjoys it.
I remember having ASMR as a kid & disliking the sensation, having no idea what it was, but remembering it to this day. As an adult, I accidentally fell into ASMR on YouTube through recommended videos when trying to destress.
& I’ve never looked back. I even tried to start my own channel, but that didn’t go too well… I’m happier being a viewer than a creator anyway.