By Hannah Huber
If you’re like me, you’ll often find yourself watching “Satisfying” stories on Snapchat of people playing with slime, cutting sand, squeezing floral foam, or in extreme cases, eating food. This is often referred to as ASMR. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and is usually described as a “tingly feeling,” and, in most cases, tends to be relaxing.
The “tingly feeling” ASMR videos give you can be generated in a great number of ways: soothing voices, watching/listening to people eat, playing with slime, cutting bar soaps, squeezing glitter from floral foam, cutting chalk, and great deal of other satisfying things.
Most of us enjoy watching those “So Satisfying” Snapchat stories, but you’re probably thinking, “Why would anyone want to watch another person eat?” Great question. Personally, I do like to watch those types of ASMR videos even though I know how weird it is. I couldn’t even explain why I like to watch them, but I do find them oddly relaxing. Don’t knock it before you try it!
There has been a lot of research on ASMR and why it is so relaxing, and more and more people every day are using these videos to help with stress, anxiety, and depression. There are recent studies that found ASMR does, in fact, help people feel calmer, less stressed, and less sad. It even lowers their heart rates. This research suggests that ASMR may have real, therapeutic value. Previous studies report that the sounds can help temporarily alleviate symptoms of depression and chronic pain for those who are tuned into the tingles.
Not only is ASMR fun to watch, but if you’re feeling stressed out, it may be just the thing to help!