Over the past few years, YouTube has exploded with videos of women talking in whispers or tapping on objects around the house. The strange thing is that many people when watching suddenly have an indescribable tingling sensation around the head and nape.
Most ASMR videos show the girls talking in whispers to the audience, tapping on household items. Those soft noises are what trigger ASMR sensations. And the people who make these videos are called ASMR artists.
Ally, whose YouTube nickname is ASMRequests, has over 185,000 followers. All she did was whisper into the video camera to the audience. Similar is GentleWhispering with 300,000 followers. She just talks directly into the camera, gives instructions on how to speak Russian, or simply talks about her life or answers questions from fans.
But some GentleWhispering ASMR videos get up to 12 million hits. In addition to whispers, the sound of fingers tapping on objects, from a comb combing hair or from a brush stroking the microphone tip also creates the feeling of ASMR.
An ASMR artist nicknamed Heather Feather posted a video online showing her combing her hair while it was wet, drying it, and then brushing it again. The 1-hour-long video has attracted more than 32,604 hits.
Currently, Heather Feather has more than 180,000 followers on YouTube. “I can explain that ASMR is a pleasant shivering sensation like the feeling of someone stroking your back or playing with your hair,” says Heather Feather.
More and more ASMR artists appear, uploading to YouTube various types of videos with different content to trigger ASMR feeling in viewers. GentleWhispering whose real name is Maria explains part of the reason ASMR videos have exploded on YouTube because most ASMR artists are young, good-looking girls.
Actually, ASMR and sex are not related, but the physical attractiveness of ASMR artists has no small impact. Gentle Whispering thinks that the fact that a man stands in front of the camera and whispers easily makes viewers feel weird and shy. However, there are also exceptions. For example, videos of ASMR male artist Bob Ross whispering to viewers, painting paintings making gentle noises have attracted millions of hits. Tech site Mashable describes Bob Ross as the “godfather” of the ASMR phenomenon.