Interview with WhisperingLife, the first ASMR artist

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian ResponseWhisperingLife 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.

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How important is the non-verbal aspect of ASMR?

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityThe big similarity between WhisperingLife’s first whisper video channel and the relaxation video channels which preceded her channel is that both channel types relaxed and soothed the viewers.

One of the big differences though is that WhisperingLife did not use her words to relax, she just used her voice.  She did not talk viewers through guided relaxation or meditation scenarios, she just rambled about stuff or read from books – but in a soft, gentle, whispering voice.

And now a research study published in the journal, Biological Psychology, has provided more evidence about how the human brain is more receptive to ‘how’ something is being said rather than to ‘what’ is being said.

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History of ASMR: About WhisperingLife, the first ASMR artist (podcast episode #5)

ASMR Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response UniversityOn 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?

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