Autonomous sensory meridian response, more commonly known as ASMR, is a unique experience featuring a static-like or tingling sensation that typically travels from the scalp to the upper back. ASMR is a euphoric response to an auditory or visual stimulus. A dedicated community of content creators and consumers share their experiences and stimuli through videos, podcasts, and other sharable media. Recent studies show that ASMR has a number of other beneficial effects beyond the pleasant tingling sensation.


1. Origins of ASMR

Most community members believe that the modern concept of ASMR began on the Steady Health website forums when a young adult submitted a post describing a specific sensation they had frequently felt since childhood. The forum user compared the sensation to the feeling of fingers tracing along the skin. However, the events that triggered the sensation were seemingly random and didn’t require haptic touch. Many other users flocked to the post and shared their experiences of similar sensations. This led to the rise of many communities dedicated to sharing videos, songs, and other media that triggered the sensation.

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