[Voices of ASMR] What triggers ASMR while watching a video?

Based on your ASMR experiences…

Explain what triggers ASMR for you when you are watching a video, include details like:

  • Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights?
  • Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you?
  • Can you experience ASMR by listening to a video with the screen off?
  • What specific actions, sounds, scenarios, or role-plays in a video stimulate your ASMR the strongest?
  • Do your immediate surroundings make a difference to your ability to experience ASMR from a video?
  • Do you prefer intentional ASMR videos or unintentional ASMR videos?
  • Who are your favorite ASMR artists and why do you like them better than other artists?
  • For you, is the ASMR stimulated by a video similar or different from the ASMR stimulated by a real world situation?

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11 thoughts on “[Voices of ASMR] What triggers ASMR while watching a video?

  1. -Voices. Bigtime. Breathy whispers, rolling of the letter r, very deep voices, and textured voices – growling/grumbling, laughing in a certain way that I can only describe as dipping (see gaelforce audios and go to the most vanilla meditation video he has. Also, accents of any kind, and switching between English and gaelic, latin, russian, or German, especially if speaking with an accent tends to do me in quick as well. I’d rather listen to gaelforce audios read the phone book than listen to music 95 percent of the time. His accent, laugh, are all my ultimate trigger.) Less sounds but fabric running together, especially that nice quality cotton sheet material. Like really high quality thick soft cotton sheets that are heavy and sort of crinkle and sound silky when it rubs together. Like just something very very fine, not a sandy or crackling sound. Not a coarse friction sound. Liquid being poured into a glass (not plastic, not wood, but glass and without ice only – ice will destroy it). Ironically, most of gaelforce videos feature a lip smacking, kissing, or sucking sound. That tends to send me the opposite way. I do not get it from sights but I do absolutely get it from being held, leaning/laying on someone, them twirling my hair in their fingers (needn’t be rubbing my scalp that can sometimes be overstimulating and hurt actually, especially when it coincides with the sensation of asmr). Nothing that I take in visually has ever given it to me unless it was in the context I mentioned before. Like I had asmr watching someone play with my hair, but again context is key. Never happened at the hairdresser. Netflix and chill with someone I love. So many times.

    -Easily and most of the ones I prefer to watch have either a generic screen with stock photography or PowerPoint type slides. I tend not to like it when video makers scroll several images over the course of the video. Mine seems to be almost exclusively auditory and depending on individual context variables the intrusiveness of the visual stimuli can be anything from insignificant to nullifying of the experience. Doesn’t matter where I am in the asmr process (how close I am to it happening) or when the stimuli is inserted, if I see something that for whatever reason I find aversive in the fractions of a second between sensing it and perceiving that I’ve sensed it, if it’s something that will anti-trigger me if you will, it’s going to happen as immediately as the perception of the stimuli does. I hope that makes sense.

    – Altruism/validation/support/acknowledgement on a personal level for character-merit related reasons (you’re so sexy has zero to negative effect, whereas Gaelforce can say “I see the good you do, I see how hard you work, there is no effort needed here, you are appreciated here, you are special to me,” etc and blow up. Personal support, validation, and asexual cuddling roleplays, it would be hard for someone to make one of those that doesn’t trigger me and when it does not it has most to do with either voice or the actual words being said. He has one where a librarian gets the nonspeaking other a copy of Ulysses from the backstock? That was the day I realized I had asmr. Not even kidding I was like WTF is this and I almost turned it off. I was like OMG I can’t believe people actually watch this kind of thing and then within the first minute I was like God. Damn. And I haven’t quit watching since. And I don’t know how to feel about that.

    -To a certain degree. Like if my kids weren’t asleep and I knew someone might be present in the room unexpectedly. I don’t watch the jerk off ones so it’s not that but it’s more like, I can experience it in front of and even because of others but they never, ever would know.

    -Intentional but I think that’s because with altruism being apparently my biggest stimuli that gives the best reward and it’s interesting the space between the quality or level of enjoyment I get from asmrs crafted specifically to revolve around that trope and that of those that don’t address it as much or at all is a significant amount of difference. If that makes sense.

    – I only listen to gaelforce audios, only his vanilla/reading of lyrics poetry and mythology, bantering/rambling, etc. As well as his meditations and guided tours through different real world physical spaces and cities. The one he does called life is simple is an interesting g one to note. During that one I get no bubbly tingly feeling at all ever, during the whole thing, but I think I get a different kind of it because I can watch it on loop for an hour or more. Worth mentioning here as it came up just now in my mind, I’m very weirdly sigificantlly triggered by some colors. I didn’t think of it as visual until just now but it is. And gaelforce life is simple video is triggering for me in this really weird longitudinal moderate way mostly because of the colors and the background noises. That night shade to the gray of the water and sky contrasted against the white boats, the orange and Amber had e of the lights across the water, the black of the tree shadow against the subtle rich color of a dark late evening sky, thunder head clouds, the color of the sky before a thunderstorm oh there’s another one! I remember riding the bus to school on dark rainy mornings and just feeling it in similar ways to the way gaelforce life is simple video does it. That’s interesting I just made that connection right now. Loved the darkness of a heavy Thunderstorm in the midle of the day when it’s supposed to be light out. That gets me really good. And the actual moment of a thunder/lightening strike. Thunderstorms dude. OMG thunderstorms and Gael. I can’t help it.

    – I don’t think it makes any difference except to say that like vampire werewolf​ roleplays do less than nothing for me as do the sex/erotica videos. It’s all about some cuddles, some thunder or rain (waves I find grating, though, figure that one out) and some validation and being admired even if it’s fake. I don’t need to feel like the narrator actually cares in real life. Just in the video itself.

    – Another funny thing, just recalling from the asmrs that I watch I had it several times while just writing about them, without even actively consciously channeling them.

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  2. -Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights?
    All of them.

    -Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you?
    It used to be only sounds. It took a lot of searching but now that I have found an ASMRtist that I like, his voice is the best trigger for me, especially when combined with the tapping and crinkling sounds in his videos. sights are definitely lowest on the list, I rarely need visuals to trigger my ASMR.

    -Can you experience ASMR by listening to a video with the screen off?
    Absolutely. I usually don’t watch the actual video unless it’s something interesting, I prefer listening with my eyes closed.

    -What specific actions, sounds, scenarios, or role-plays in a video stimulate your ASMR the strongest?
    Inaudible or barely audible whispering, usually in a male voice as female voices don’t really trigger me ( i think it has to do with the fact that I was always closer with the men in my family than the women) also anything in the kitchen; kitchen sounds are really strong triggers for me, especially refrigerator doors, milk jugs and bread bags.

    -Do your immediate surroundings make a difference to your ability to experience ASMR from a video?
    Yes. I have to be in an at least somewhat comfortable place, it doesn’t have to be familiar, but if I feel antsy or nervous at all it greatly hinders my ability to experience ASMR.

    -Do you prefer intentional ASMR videos or unintentional ASMR videos?
    Now that I know what ASMR is, definitely intentional ones. I used to watch videos of people making those Japanese candy kits because of the crinkling sounds, but after discovering that there are hour long videos of JUST those sounds, I can’t go back to the little 3 minute videos.

    -Who are your favorite ASMR artists and why do you like them better than other artists?
    Hands down Ephemeral Rift is my #1 fave. I love his voice and he has a great sense of humor. He also puts so much effort into his videos and it really shows. Also The sheer variety of his videos: he’s got role plays, rambles, nature walks, food/drink reviews and more. My second favorite ASMRtist is The ASMR nerd. His voice is so calming and he has some neat tidbits of information in his game playthroughs. His videos are good for listening to when trying to go so sleep because he has such a soothing approach.

    -For you, is the ASMR stimulated by a video similar or different from the ASMR stimulated by a real world situation?
    I would say different. I like slightly weirder stuff (Like ER’s rift-world roleplay videos haha) when watching videos, but my real world triggers are the normal things like hair brushing, which is something i don’t really care so much about in videos.

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  3. I get a much stronger response from sounds close to my left ear, for some reason, but both ears respond. The right ear becomes more sensitive over time during the video, if stimulation is sustained. Direct whispers into one ear are my most powerful trigger, with mouth sounds following close behind, then tapping and scratching, then cutting. The closer these sounds are to my ear canal, the more powerful the sensation. These triggers induce tingling that emanates from behind the effected ear and washes over my back on the effected side. I do not need videos to experience this, but the mild euphoric feeling requires the video feed and is not brought on by the tingles alone. Sustained audio/video stimulation can bring on a calming buzzed feeling with a full body tingle and euphoric sensation that washes from my gut into my thighs.

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  4. I’m new to discovering that ASMR is a ‘thing’, not just a personal oddity, and have been exploring the videos. By far the strongest trigger is a video of folding towels. What does it seems to be a mixture of the rasping sound of the towels being stroked and the slow, rhythmic, very smooth and flowing movement of the hands. The presence or absence of voice seems irrelevant. Of thepresent-wrapping videos, one is very powerful and the others aren’t. The ones I’ve watched are all without speech.The most powerful one combines the sounds of the crinkling tissue paper with very slow, smooth, flowing hand movements, very gentle and even, rhythmic, almost like a very slow dance. The others that worked less well for me were less careful of the hand movements – they were faster sometimes uneven, didn’t flow, stopped and started more – like the performer got too absorbed in the practical task of wrapping and forgot to perform the triggers.

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  5. Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights?

    Mostly whispering and tapping.

    Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you?

    tapping.

    Can you experience ASMR by listening to a video with the screen off?

    Yes.

    Do you prefer intentional ASMR videos or unintentional ASMR videos?

    Either. Although I am not big on role plays.

    Who are your favorite ASMR artists and why do you like them better than other artists?

    Heather Feather (excellent tapping), ASMRequests (time travel Tuesdays are awesome!), Bob Ross (nuff said), ASMRHQ (great voices), Pigsbum53 (I have a thing for British/Australian accents. She also does videos in Korean which is really cool.)

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  6. I am a HUGE fan of personal attention. I always look for medical roleplays, if I can. Mostly eye exams. I like to see someone concentrating on me. I also enjoy following a light. It’s not the act of following the light that triggers me; it’s that the ASMRtist is concentrating on monitoring my eyes.

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  7. I like when someone is talking in a regular voice and then all of a sudden whispers something unexpectedly. That will trigger me for a few seconds. I also like the role play videos where the person is asking questions and then typing my “responses” into a computer. I like ear to ear, “ear cupping”, and the clicking sounds someone’s mouth makes when they talk softly (but it must be unintentional).

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  8. Mouth sounds, accents, brushing, soft voices but not whisper (in real life I do get asmr from whispers). Not fan at all of tapping and scratching.

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  9. I am mostly triggered by sounds/voices. Visual triggers don’t really affect me, so I can listen to ASMR without watching a video. Voices are the biggest trigger for me, both soft-spoken and whispers. Specifically slow, calm, clear speaking. I prefer ASMR videos with close, personal attention role plays like during an eye exam, doctor’s appointment, therapy appointment, makeover, or a sales representative. I also like an ASMR artist just talking in general from ear to ear. My immediate surroundings do not make a difference as long as it is quiet and I can focus on the voice/sounds in the video. I prefer intentional ASMR videos because they produce more triggers, because the ASMR video artist is deliberately trying to cause triggers. Tony Bomboni is my favorite ASMR artist because his voice is low and calm, and he speaks slowly and clearly. It is a very comforting voice. He also does great videos speaking ear to ear, and has a great variety of videos like make-up consultant, skin care consultant, how-to videos, tarot cards, giving advice, doctor exams, and sales representative. For me, ASMR video triggers are similar to real- life triggers.

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  10. Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights? All 3

    Which of the above trigger types is the strongest for you? Voice. Tony Bomboni’s whispers trigger me the most.

    Can you experience ASMR by listening to a video with the screen off? Yes.

    What specific actions, sounds, scenarios, or role-plays in a video stimulate your ASMR the strongest? Anything that is kind of out of the ordinary, very methodical. Camera brushing is a HUGE trigger. Anything with personal attention. Prancersize videos trigger me big time as well. It’s so out of the ordinary… I have no idea why it triggers me. lol

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference to your ability to experience ASMR from a video? I need no one else around or no sound. If I have my earbuds it’s okay if someone else is in the room, but I need to be chilled out.

    Do you prefer intentional ASMR videos or unintentional ASMR videos? Intentional.

    Who are your favorite ASMR artists and why do you like them better than other artists? Tony Bomboni is my absolute favorite. He is approachable, friendly, unthreatening. I think this is why I like him most. He is just an amazingly creative person and comes across completely genuine and like he really cares about his viewers. WhispersRed – love her friendliness, her soothing voice and especially her Barbara character voice. GentleWhispering – Maria is just amazing. She is sweet, seems like a best friend, her accent is a big trigger. And Olivia’s Kissper! Her voice is amazing and she comes up with really interesting videos.

    For you, is the ASMR stimulated by a video similar or different from the ASMR stimulated by a real world situation? Videos and real world are very different for me.

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