Jennifer Allen currently lives just outside Plattsburgh in upper state NY, USA. She has attended the University of Southern Maine and is currently a Red Team Manager for a cybersecurity company.
Jennifer is also the person who coined the term, Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.
But that is not all. She has been a significant contributor to the ASMR community from the start.
Here is an incomplete list of her incredible involvements and achievements:
This is the audio version of my interview with WhisperingLife.
This audio recording gives a short overview of WhisperingLife and then I read the transcript of the interview which I initially posted on February 8, 2016.
WhisperingLife has her Bachelors of Science degree in Ophthalmic Dispensing and is currently a Dispensing Optician in Nottingham, England.
WhisperingLife is not her real name, she prefers to keep that private. But this was the name she chose as her alias in early 2009 when she created the first whisper-dedicated channel on YouTube.
For this historical milestone, she is often referred to as the first ASMR artist.
Before jumping into the interview I want to provide more context and background about WhisperingLife.
On March 26, 2009, a young woman started posting videos of herself whispering on YouTube.
She shared some information about herself on YouTube, but she never revealed her exact identity.
Most people refer to her by the name of her YouTube channel, WhisperingLife – and credit her with starting the first whisper channel on YouTube.
Today’s podcast will focus on WhisperingLife and address the following questions:
- How old was she and where was she from?
- What inspired her to start posting whisper videos?
- Did she intend to relax listeners with her whispering or was that just an unexpected outcome?
- What did she whisper about?
- Was she just a ‘whisper artist’ or was she an ‘ASMR artist’?
- Did she ever show her face in her videos?
- What did she use for a camera?
- How many videos did she post?
- Why did she stop posting videos?
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.
October 19, 2007 could be viewed as the birth date of the ASMR community.
On this day, an individual by the username of “okaywhatever” started a forum thread at the website http://www.steadyhealth.com.
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:
How far back does the history of ASMR go?
Or perhaps to be more accurate, how far back do the special triggers and relaxing sensations that we refer to today as ASMR go?
5 years? 50 years? 500 years?
Amanda McDonnell is a mother of four children and has a diploma in Medical Sciences from the University of Ulster in Northern Ireland.
She is originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland and is currently living in Glasgow, Scotland.
Amanda is also known as the ASMR artist, WhisperSparkles.
The first whisper channel on YouTube appeared in 2009 (see the History of ASMR for more details). Amanda created her channel soon after in 2010, making her one of the first dedicated whisperers on the internet.
In my interview with Amanda she shares why she created a whisper channel is 2010, how ASMR videos have changed over time, how her interest in ASMR helped her to meet her fiancé, and more.
Below are my questions in bold, her replies in italics, and a link to her YouTube channel so you can enjoy her early videos from 2010, as well as, her most recent videos.
I have created a new page for the website that covers the history of ASMR. It highlights some of the major events from 2008 to the present in a timeline format.
The first part of the page presents a brief view of the history. It is just a bullet list of key dates and events.
The second part of the page presents an expanded ‘witness the history’ version of the timeline. This longer version includes quotes and excerpts from key moments as they happened, such as: