I’ve stumbled across a series of videos on YouTube in which women whisper in your ear.
The whispering is sensual in nature, to be sure, not not sexual in nature, to split a hair. There’s nothing overtly sexual about it. Most of the whispering women tend to speak about random, rather ordinary things, or provide “guided visualization” to their viewers.
It’s all about Autonomous Sensory Median Response, or ASMR. The term was first coined in February 201o, apparently. Some of the YouTube whisperers call themselves “ASMRtists”, which I found amusing.
Apparently, the ASMR response isn’t universal in all people, and providing that response is what the videos are intended to do. The sensation is described as a “pleasant tingling or buzzing sensation” on the scalp or extremities. I wasted a fair amount of time watching a few of them, and discovered it’s something both men and women do on YouTube.
Not all of the “triggers” the ASMR videos use work, of course, but in general a large variety of stimuli are offered. Also, many of the videos I explored were recorded in binaural sound, so the person on the video was accurately able to simulate moving behind or to one side or the other of the viewer. Many of them provide props to simulate certain sensations. A few are even just the women brushing their hair. They have videos meant to trigger relaxation and others meant to help induce sleep.
Anyone heard of this ASMR? It was new to me, but with my interest in podcasting lately, I was certainly captivated by those microphones.
Have you ever seen an AMSR video?