These crazy ass YouTube clips consist of people whispering into a microphone while role-playing mundane tasks, or making sounds with objects, such as chip bags, and are designed to elicit a pleasurable sensation known as a “brain-gasm”.
To most people, these videos may seem boring or a little strange, but to those susceptible to ASMR, they evoke a tingly orgasmic feeling in the brain.
There’s a large community of people who experience it too – a Reddit community hosts more than a hundred thousand members, while the most popular ASMR YouTube channel has over 250 million views.
One video, “ASMR 10 Triggers to Help You Sleep,” features YouTuber ASMR Darling making various sounds she claims helps her followers to fall asleep. Watch as she brushes the microphone with a makeup brush, taps a mason jar, and mimics a haircut, among other things.
Whispering is the most common ASMR trigger that elicits a “brain-gasm,” followed by personal attention (like someone brushing past you or touching your face). This is according to a 2015 study done by psychologists Emma Barratt and Nick Davis.
Currently, the entire phenomenon of ASMR is being investigated by physiologist Craig Richard, from Shenandoah University in Virginia. Preliminary results reveal that most people experience ASMR in the head and brain, but there are a growing number of people who feel the sensation around their spinal cord. It’s not just limited to the United States, either – Richards has gotten responses from people all over the world.
Now, a “brain-gasm” doesn’t always have to be sexual, as only ten percent of people who experience it feel sexually aroused. Instead, it’s considered to be “relaxing,” making people feel sleepy, and more often than not, is a great way to relax.
If you’d like to know whether you can experience a “brain-gasm,” give one of these videos a try!
Who knows, maybe you’re one of the lucky few who can experience a whole new type of tingle!