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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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