[Voices of ASMR] At what ages is ASMR experienced?

Based on your ASMR experiences…

Explain at what ages you have experienced ASMR, include details like:

  • What is your earliest memory of experiencing ASMR?
  • What triggered ASMR for you in your childhood?  Adolescence?  Adulthood?
  • Have your ASMR triggers changed as you have gotten older?

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28 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] At what ages is ASMR experienced?

  1. I remember experiencing ASMR from a young age, perhaps between 4 and 5. It is a light tingle or vibration over my brow, sometimes into my scalp and around my ears. Often it makes my eyes droop and I have a hard time concentrating on anything else – it’s almost like a trance. At 4 or 5 years of age, I had no word for the sensation, so I used to call it feeling “friend-y”. I suppose I figured the term as being a pleasant feeling like I was with a friend, but I don’t quite know how I ended up coining that for the feeling. I remember crinkling sounds, like the gentle rustle of chip bags, page turning, and folding paper, being major triggers (as they still are!). As a teenager, I recall being self-conscious over becoming overwhelmed with the sensation which would cause me to fall asleep in classrooms when we were studying out of textbooks! It wasn’t until I was about 21 that I was finally able to find the term ASMR after searching for crinkling sound effects. Best part was finding out after all this time my sister experiences ASMR as well! (Worst part was finding out that there was also a term for my discomfort for close, geometric patterns…ugh…The internet giveth and taketh.)

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  2. My first memories of ASMR (ofcourse I had no clue what this experience was called back then) was during primary school and more so in high school. I was triggered by watching people concentrate on a task, doodling in particular as I concentrated on their unpredictable doodles. Then as I turned 13 I came across an ASMR video of hair brushing, and from that point I watched ASMR to help with sleep and relaxation and to receive ASMR. At 18 (which I am currently) I frequently discover new triggers which had not appealed or triggered me before. I am eager for the future to unfold the science behind the ASMR many people have like myself experience which could potentially pathe the way to ASMR relaxation and therapy clinics, to help many.

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  3. Interesting questions 🙂 I find it hard to pinpoint when I first experienced ASMR in childhood because I’ve loved having my hair played with as far back as I can remember. I remember being about 7 or 8, and my tactic was to ask the other girls if they could do a plait, and if they said yes, challenge them to do one in my hair. (I hated those teachers who would put an end to the hairplay by saying “This isn’t a hairdresser’s!”) When we were lining up at the end of playtime, I always used to hope that the girls behind me would start playing with my hair, and would often tilt my head up to the sky to try and subtly encourage it xD (This continued in secondary school when we would stand in a line during fire drills, and the girl who was next to me in the alphabet always started playing with my hair. So I enjoyed fire drills 😉 )

    I have another early memory from around the same age, where my brother and I used to do a trade: I would scratch his back for a while, and in return he would tickle mine.

    I also remember loving any games in primary school which involved drawing on another person’s skin or back (usually with a finger, not a pen). When I was 8 or 9, we had a school production which involved the whole of the Juniors, with the younger years being the chorus, and the older years having acting parts. So we would have big school-wide rehearsals, which for the younger years involved a lot of sitting around and waiting while the older students learned the more intricate choreography. To pass the time, we used to play a lot of games involving drawing words on someone’s back and the person had to guess what they were, or the rhyme which goes “A dash and a dot, a dot and a dash, a great big question mark…” (Does anyone know that one?) and it involves drawing on the person’s back and blowing on the back of their neck. I get tingles just remembering it 😉 I enjoyed those rehearsals a lot for the games we played which gave me amazing ASMR.

    During my teenage years my triggers were more or less the same: hairplay, drawing on skin, light touches on my skin or hair. I also remember discovering that having someone touching my belongings, like my pencil case, would trigger light ASMR (not that I knew what it was back then, but now it makes so much sense), and that I enjoyed watching other people have their hair styled or played with, like a sort of vicarious ASMR. (But it’s always better when you experience it!)

    I discovered ASMR about a year ago, when a friend on Facebook shared a Danish video about ASMR and commented that the sounds were very relaxing. I watched the video (despite not understanding a word) and experienced amazing tingles from the tapping and scratching sounds. This was new, because I don’t ever remember being triggered by tapping or scratching outside of that experience. I looked more into ASMR and put it together with the sensations and touches I’ve always loved. I also shared it with my best friend and discovered that she experienced ASMR too, and we often discuss tingles or swap video recommendations. Being able to explore an extensive catalogue of ASMR videos has helped me to discover many more triggers I enjoy, but my favourites are still the ones I experienced in childhood.

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  4. I’m 32, and I just discovered ASMR a few months ago, but I think I’ve experienced it my entire life. No triggers have changed as far as I know.
    My earliest memories of ASMR occurred in grade school. Specifically, I remember a very pleasant feeling occurring when others would read aloud in class. It was a peaceful euphoria. I was also triggered by having my hair brushed/braided. Soft touches and voices are triggers, as well watching people perform quiet, deliberate tasks or demonstrations (such as Bob Ross). I loved demonstrations during school, and still do.

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  5. The first time it occurred to me that I was feeling something odd I was 4 years old and my mother was stroking my face lightly in bed to calm me down so I could sleep soundly. It’s not a feeling I would say was sending me to sleep, but it did make me feel something. Which was pleasant regardless.

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  6. What is your earliest memory of experiencing ASMR?
    As a young child, maybe about 4 or 5, My mom put me down for a nap on the couch and put a big fluffy white blanket over me. It was summer, so it was hot outside and the sun was shining brightly through the windows, but the AC was on and I could feel the sweet coolness of it on my face. I was drifting off into sleep and the creak of my mom’s laz-e-boy chair as she got up and down from it to go to the kitchen or to do something triggered it. It’s an extremely happy memory.

    What triggered ASMR for you in your childhood? Adolescence? Adulthood?
    Naptime was always the best. I continued to take a nap almost everyday even into adulthood because of it. My parents used to quietly whisper or rustle carefully in the cupboards for a snack while I was laying down on the sofa, and the quiet sounds of cars driving by outside or the sound of the AC/heater blowing or the birds chirping or rain falling softly all while I laid down and relaxed have been and to this day continue to be my favorite triggers.

    Have your ASMR triggers changed as you have gotten older?
    I don’t believe they have, actually, and I find that very interesting to think about no that you mention it…

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  7. The first time I remember experiencing ASMR, I was four years old. I was playing doctor (like the real thing, not the metaphorical thing) with a girl friend in the courtyard of the school. I was the patient, she was speaking so softly and touching me so nicely that, sudendly, I’d had those tingles across my neck and my head, and I’d begun to doze. I just felt so great! But I’m pretty sure I had experienced it before, I just don’t clearly remember.

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  8. My first experience I can actually recall was when I was still pretty young, I think either six or seven. It was common for us to just walk around our classroom before the teacher would start and ask classmates for their autographs (or just a scribble of some kind). Some kids would obviously write very slow, we weren’t allowed to work with pens yet, so it had to be done with a pencil, and I’d always get this ‘nice tingly feeling’ from from the sound it made. I loved it, but didn’t know it was something called ASMR.
    After rediscovering it when I was twelve, I was hooked. I don’t think a lot has changed, I’m still more of a sound person, rather than a fan of visuals, though I like my fare share of that, too.

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  9. The earliest memory of something being “different” was when I was 12. I was over at my friend’s house, and his little brother started messing with my fro. I instantly felt a euphoric calm spread through my gut, and my head went tingly. Had I even been two years older, I’d have thought that was creepy. As it was, I enjoyed it like you’d enjoy a massage. It was only years later that I realized I was getting a bit of that from Bob Ross’ work even earlier than 12. I even remember feeling it with my siblings and friends from lying next to them on the carpet in front of the TV; their breathing would calm me and make me happy.

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  10. What is your earliest memory of experiencing ASMR?

    Hard to say. As a young kid (4-7 years old), my mom would lightly stroke my back with her fingertips. I remember getting a similar feeling. I also remember getting the feeling watching Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood and at school, particularly during tests when it was quiet and all I could hear was random tapping of pencils on paper.

    What triggered ASMR for you in your childhood? Adolescence? Adulthood?

    Childhood – light touch, whispering, haircuts
    Adolescence – tapping, whispering, focused attention on a task
    Adulthood – tapping, whisper, focused attention on a task

    Have your ASMR triggers changed as you have gotten older?

    Knowing about ASMR has helped me keep track of my triggers where as a kid, it felt completely random and very difficult to repeat.

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  11. Earliest memory is around 7 years old, having my head shampooed. That one still gets me. As I have aged, the head massage one has stayed, but certain pieces of classical music get me now too – and RELIABLY 100% of the time.

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  12. I can’t remember ever not experiencing ASMR. Before Kindergarten my mother played with my hair while telling me bedtime stories. Then, around 7 or 8, most of the girls in my class sat in a circle to tickle one another’s back and arms. No one knew what it was called.
    During adolescence, it happened at the hairdresser’s or someone brushing my hair/doing my makeup, etc. Also, rain and thunder always had a similar effect.
    In my 20s, my niece was only 5 and liked brushing/styling my hair. She had a natural ASMR touch. Then I found the YouTube videos, learned what it was, new triggers I like… it helps with stress, insomnia, etc. like a charm. Result, I’m hooked for life!

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  13. I dont quite remember the first time i experienced asmr but when i was 5 i had a teacher at school that always gave me tingles.
    The tingles ranged from her writing softly on the chalk board, her reading to the class, leaning over me correcting my work and hearing her breath and talk very softly. I never felt so much love for a teacher, school was my happy place when she was around.
    After that i think i was around 15 and i got my hair dyed and cut for the first time, the feeling of someone touching my hair and being close to my ears, spraying cold water on my head to wet the hair and cut it, brushing and trimming sounds and foils ahhh its still my favourite feeling, i just long for the day im getting my hair done! I’m so relaxed and my tingles send me into a trance.
    I never knew what ASMR was until i saw a tv segment with gentlewhispering explaining what it was and finally something clicked and i was ecstatic to know there was videos purposefully made for relaxation and tingles espically with experiencing some anxiety and depression. After 1 year of watching several different ASMR artists i can deal with issues without medication and wind down with a nice video.

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  14. My earliest memory of tingles was when my mother would “paint my face” before tucking me into bed. I was probably about 4. She would run her fingers across my face and tell me she was painting my cheeks blue or drawing a pink square on my forehead. This imaginary game would give me ASMR and help me relax before bedtime. I remember asking her if it gave her tingles when I did the same to her and she agreed.

    I experienced ASMR throughout childhood at different times (doctor’s appointments, hair cuts, etc.). When I was about 17, I had a friend who suffered from anxiety. He confided that he watched videos online of people acting like they were doctors. He said it gave him tingles in the back of his head. I was ecstatic to hear that because those tingles he described were exactly like how mine felt! I went home and found the videos he was describing. They triggered me and the community of ASMR became apparent. There were others like me! I think ASMR can be experienced by all ages.

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  15. My earliest memories of ASMR are of my mother tying the satin ribbons of my hat into a bow under my chin. I was only a toddler. The sound of the ribbon against my chin would resonate up my ear and make me tingle. To this day, I still own a hat with satin ribbons. I ask my partner to please tie it for me. It still gives me
    tingles.

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  16. One of my earliest recollections of an ASMR experience was as a child around 7 years old. I took weekly piano lessons and at the end of each session my instructor would take out her fine tip lead pencil and scratch notes across my music sheets. She would circle certain parts of her notes for emphasis. I would just wait for the moment that she would take out that pencil and close my eyes as I listened to the lead dance across the page. I felt a tingling, butterfly-like sensation all through my being. It engendered a sense of both calm and delight.

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  17. My first experience with ASMR was as a small child listening to conversations and tones of voices causing tingles. I didn’t discover the community of ASMR until a couple years ago on YouTube. And for the longest time, I didn’t realize I was one of only a few individuals who experience this mysterious phenomenon. If I were to guess, I suspect only about 1 in 100 people experience it. I base this on the fact I have asked many people (friends and family) and have found only 1 person out of the numerous people who experience ASMR.

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  18. My earliest memory of ASMR is from when I was 11/12 years old, and a girl friend was caressing my hair while we were lying down with our classmates in the schoolyard.
    I don’t remember about my childhood, but in my adolescence it was triggered by having a female friend touching me or talking to me in a soft way. It only happened with certain people. In my adulthood it’s been triggered by certain people (always females) talking next to me, by a visit to a female doctor, by reading a letter sent to me by a female friend, and by listening to a girl speaking Spanish with Mexican accent on a youtube video, among others (useful information: I am a girl, and I speak Spanish as mother tongue, but I am not Mexican). I have also watched ASMR trigger videos, but the sensation is different. I would say it’s less emotionally engaging. Whenever it has happened by accident, I feel a deep connection with the person that triggered it (It’s because of this that when I was younger I used to think this meant that I was homosexual).
    My triggers seem not to have changed as I become older.

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  19. I remember my first ASMR experience was when I was about 3 yrs old at nursery school. We had been working on something and the teacher was leaning over me correcting my work.

    I don’t remember experiencing it again until I was about 28/9. In this instance I was only ever triggered when my students (I was a PE teacher) did something really well as a result of my teaching.

    At age of 35 I started to have really bad insomnia. I was watching relaxation videos on Youtube to help me sleep and stumbled on a whisper video. I had such a powerful ASMR experience that I started to investigate what it was and discovered the Whispering Community. Whispering has since been my main trigger though I’ve grown to love the role-play videos and get triggered from the personal attention. I seem to only get it from intentional ASMR videos and I think the trigger comes BECAUSE that person is taking the time to make a video to help me trigger that it seems to be very powerful.

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  20. I don’t ever remember not experiencing ASMR. From a very early age, the sound of some people’s voices has always made me feel like I’m in a trance or drugged, sometimes to the point of it becoming hard for me to respond.

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  21. The first time I remember experiencing ASMR, I was 5 years old. My teacher was behind me at my desk and was leaning over me to write on my paper. I remember watching her write with a pencil and having that wonderful feeling. As a 5 year old I didn’t understand at all why I felt so good (and still don’t). I can remember thinking there was some connection to the pencil she was using that was making me feel like that.

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  22. I have felt ASMR since I can remember. I can’t point to a specific time of my life, but I didn’t know it had a name until a couple of years ago, neither that is a thing only few can feel.

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  23. What is your earliest memory of experiencing ASMR? Around age 5.

    What triggered ASMR for you in your childhood? A teacher talking Adolescence? Different people talking to me
    Adulthood? Same thing, different people talking to me. It was always someone who talked in a kind of odd manner or who had a speech impediment. Old ppl often trigger me. I think it’s because they talk more slowly. Now as an adult I’ve noticed that different sounds trigger me as well. Not just voices.

    Have your ASMR triggers changed as you have gotten older? Yes. Like I said in above paragraph, as a child I was triggered by voices only and now I’m triggered by all sorts of sounds and sometimes by watching ppl do menial tasks in a very methodical way.

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  24. Numbering answers to match questions..

    1. I just for discovered ASMR this year. I was 20.

    2. It’s adulthood for me and i found it on youtube and i loved how the tingles made me feel so calm and relaxed and sleepy.

    3. No. Which as i said i just discovered it early this year.

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  25. I can clearly remember, when I first had ASMR experience. I was 14 when we finished primary school and younger girls recorded a casette for us as a memory (They fall in love with the boys in our class 🙂 so they were very sad.) They were talking on the casette when a girl began to cry very quietly and it could be heard that she took out a handkerchief from a plastic bag. I always rewound the tape into this point because I always felt very nice tingles on the top of my head.
    20 years later when I saw an article with the title: ‘Do you know what cerebral orgasm is?’ I immediately knew that this is what I felt then. The article was about the ASMR. 🙂

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