Rustling of pages.
Tapping on wood.
Whispering random words into a microphone.
The sound of a campfire alongside a grazing ocean wave.
Ever hear these sounds and feel satisfied? If there was a way to translate pleasing visual aesthetics into sound, it would be called: ASMR.
No these are not random sounds I'm thinking from the top of my head, these actually belong to a category of acoustics that people listen to. It's called: Autonomous sensory meridian response or as we call it commonly, ASMR. ASMR has been a phenomenon that's been present as early as
I think it's interesting to study ASMR and what propagated its fame in such a short period of time. ASMR has been around for a while, but certain factors have recently brought it to the attention of the general public. The sounds that are very particular to this genre can often make you "tingle" or "squid". What makes it so fascinating for half the population and so creepy and revolting for the other half? There are biological, psychological, as well as sociological effects that can be brought about by a video as simple as someone whispering words into a microphone or a video with tapping on an assortment of objects. Through the use of auditory binaural simulation, ASMR-tists are able to create this effect called "ear-gasms" where people will feel physiological sensations in their body. It can be just purely sounds and still create a satisfying feeling. ASMR is used in ways to treat anxiety and depression because it biologically causes effects such as slow heart rate and more positive emotions. The popularity of ASMR has skyrocketed, especially in youtube to the point where there are segments of celebrities and youtube channels trying to mimic the effects that ASMR creates. While it's so eccentric, it's just as fascinating because it produces an effect that most aren't cognizant of.