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ASMR | Deep Ear Attention / Close Whispers; Intense Scratching Massage

I must be weird, or missing a critical gene, or something, but ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) grosses me out. (Yes, I still say that.) For the uninitiated, the online Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines it this way:

ASMR stands for “Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.” It typically refers to the “tingly feeling” that travels from the head downward that some experience in response to certain sounds, feelings, or descriptions. These can include soft whispering, crinkling paper, or a gentle touch.

I’ve seen it described variously as tingling, stimulating, arousing, relaxing, sedating, soothing, calming. Really? I find it creepy, off-putting, annoying at the very least, and downright repulsive or revolting at worst. To me it’s like someone violating my personal space. And if I get any “tingles” from hearing it, it’s the cringing kind that says “eew!” My strongest reactions are elicited by that sort of wet, lip-smacky mouth sound that comes when the speaker is whispering into the mic. ICK!

This video has more than 3.5 million views; go figure. I dug it up because I needed an example and because I was a curious to see, or hear, what apparently constitutes one of the best examples of ASMR.

Hard pass.

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