Many people initially discover their ability to have ASMR through real world experiences.
These experiences may include having their hair being played with by a friend, hearing someone whisper, being examined by a clinician, listening to someone nearby turn the pages of a magazine, or watching someone perform a dedicated task like painting or origami.
Surprisingly, it has turned out that just hearing and/or watching these experiences in a recorded format can also stimulate ASMR.
In 2009, several individuals on the internet began intentionally simulating some of these popular ASMR triggers in videos – giving rise to intentional ASMR videos and ASMR video channels.
But these were not the first videos that people were watching to purposely trigger their deep relaxation and tingles.
The title of the thread was, “Weird sensation feels good” and attracted over 300 replies. The content of these initial replies quickly created a clear and consistent description of ASMR which still accurately describes ASMR today.
Some of the participants in the thread, such as Jennifer Allen and Andrew MacMuiris, spawned out and developed resources which were monumental to the growth and understanding of ASMR.
Overall, this forum thread lead directly to the following ASMR milestones: