Despite the rise in the number of communities sharing and experiencing the tingling sensation, the experience did not have a widely used name. Groups within the community originally used a variety of names, including “auditory induced head orgasm” and “attention induced euphoria.” However, a significant majority within the community wanted to distance the sensation from sexual or adult experiences. Instead, they felt the relaxing and euphoric nature of the sensation should be appropriate for everyone, regardless of age. A woman named Jennifer Allen suggested “autonomous sensory meridian response.” She confirmed in a later interview that she chose words she felt were objective, comfortable, and clinical.
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