Mental Health

ASMR.. Whisper Porn?

No. 

No it is not. 

Recently, ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Responce) has come under scrutiny by many people and classed as “porn”, which I think is bizarre. I mean, if they find mundane, every day tasks sexually exciting, then fair enough. Whatever floats your boat. But ASMR videos are not made to be sexual at all. Well, not all anyways. Some people do make ASMR videos with the intention of them being sexual, but they are far and few between.

My point is, ASMR videos are made with the sole purpose of helping people relax and sending them to sleep. If people fell asleep during a porn clip, then I’d be worried. 

I don’t tend to tell people that I watch ASMR videos, because they become judgy or snigger about it. Which is upsetting to me really, as it is one of my coping mechanisms, so to be laughed at or judged is quite crappy. Writing this post and making it public is also a big deal to me, and something I’m rather nervous about. 

You are probably wondering what the hell ASMR is, so…

What Is ASMR?

ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response. This is a sensation where you experience pleasant tingles in the back your head and scalp. The sensation can be triggered by various sounds, such as whispering, tapping and crinkling, as well as visually, by someone focusing on you, drawing and applying make up, for example. However, not everyone experiences this tingling sensation, but many do find that these triggers are actually quite relaxing and help them drift off to sleep. There is a whole community out there called the Whisper Community who all make videos, they are called ASRMtists. Some examples of videos are: role plays (such as a trip to the salon), sound videos (using various items to make sounds to relax/trigger people), inaudible whispering, and even just a regular vlog style video.  

How I Found ASMR

A couple of years ago, I was chatting to an American guy online one night, I don’t recall how or why. Anyways, I mentioned to him, that I was tired but couldn’t sleep – it was around 3am. He told me to search ASMR on YouTube and give that a go to relax my mind and my body. So I did. And I fell straight to sleep. It was only the next day that I even started to question what the bloody hell I had watched, and how strange it was. 

I never spoke to that guy again, and I cannot remember his name. But thank you random guy! ASMR has been soothing my anxiety and calming my mind almost every night for just over 2 years now. 

Why I Watch ASMR

Once I got over the fact that yeah, it is kind of strange and weird, I Google searched ASMR to find out what it actually was. Then, I went straight back on YouTube. 

Some of the time I don’t actually watch the videos, I just have them playing near me so I can listen to them whilst I try to sleep. I don’t know what it is about them, but it really soothes me. My mind and body relaxes, and I no longer have 100 thoughts whizzing through my mind. Then I fall straight to sleep, before the video is even half way through playing. 

I know most people watch them for the tingles, but I don’t really experience the tingly sensation that people talk about. I just enjoy the way it helps me relax and feel more peaceful at night. 

ASMR is my favourite ‘therapy’ and most definitely not sexual to me in any way. I would highly recommend that if you have trouble sleeping, suffer from anxiety or know that you’ve experienced that tingly sensation at some point in your real life, then give ASMR a try. Yes it is kind of weird, but who cares?

If you have watched ASMR before, what did you think? 

Peace & Love, Sian 

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