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Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR)

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Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an enjoyable or relaxing sensation, often characterized as a tingling in the head and scalp as if being lightly touched by a feather.

It is most commonly triggered by specific auditory or visual stimuli, and less commonly by intentional attention control.

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The sensory phenomena typically reach their peak intensity within seconds of the stimulus being encountered but may last for minutes as part of tingling sensations on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.

Although little research has been done into ASMR, some suggest that it might have something to do with the brain’s mirror neurons as, according to Nick Davis’ blog posts about the topic, “mirror neurons are responsible for empathy and contagious behaviors (if you yawn when I yawn then we’re basically secretly gay lovers as your mirror neuron system thinks my yawn is your yawn)”.

Why is ASMR bad?

ASMR takes away from time that could be used doing something else. For example, watching ASMR videos when there are chores to do or homework to be completed is not good if you want to get the most out of life.

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ASMR uses terms in ways that are not scientifically accurate, as well as promoting pseudoscience as a valid source of knowledge. For example, ASMR is a pseudoscience that claims to represent the scientific concept of Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response as defined by Wikipedia.

[1] In addition, asmr mentions terms such as “trigger” and “sensation” as being associated with ASMR when in reality they have no relation.

ASMR as a whole is not as harmless as asmr makes it out to be. For example, asmr often claims that ASMR is good for relaxation and/or as stress relief, however, there are many cases where asmr actually causes anxiety or worsens existing attitudes such as depression.

[2] Additionally, asmr also suggests asmr as a source of effective and inexpensive treatment for insomnia, which as asmr as experienced asmr videomakers often claim as much. However, asmr has actually been scientifically proven to be ineffective and costly as a form of insomnia treatment.

[3] That’s not to mention that those who suffer from chronic pain may find ASMR as an ineffective form of pain relief.

ASMR as a whole is also not as helpful as asmr makes it out to be. For example, asmr suggests that just one video will have the same effects as multiple videos would.

However, neuroscientist Dr Tom Stafford concluded that “there’s little evidence to suggest that it [ASMR] has an effect on mood and even less evidence to suggest that it can heal underlying medical conditions.”

All in all asmr as a whole is not as helpful as asmr makes it out to be and asmr as a whole is usually ineffective and harmful.

A.S.M.R. Became as a Sensation

Popular as it is in the past five years and as common as it is now. From online, to television, to even radio waves, we can all hear about this so-called “techno-physical relaxation response”.

Gentle Whispering ASMR

Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is not one of the most well-known phenomena, but it has become more widespread as people learn about their individual capabilities to experience this relaxing sensation.

The ASMR sensation involves ‘tingles’ that people feel in their head and back when certain triggers are heard. These sounds include whispering, crinkling, tapping, or watching someone perform a repetitive task like painting nails.

An asmr video can be as short as sixty seconds or as long as twenty minutes if there is a more complex story being told. Most asmr videos fall somewhere in the middle as the shorter ones are not as popular as the longer videos.

At first glance, asmr seems to be just another quirky YouTube trend that provides relaxation for people of all ages. However, asmr is more than just a sensation that feels good. People who experience asmr can attest to its usefulness in assisting concentration and providing therapy for people who struggle with insomnia.

As the asmr community continues to expand, more people will begin understanding what asmr is and how beneficial it can be for health and relaxation.

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