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

  1. I am mostly triggered by sights but also specific sounds.
    Visual triggers are the strongest.
    No, I cannot experience ASMR with the screen off but sound playing.
    My strongest triggers are hand motions, massage, flashing lights, and meditation bowls
    My surroundings are only important if I am concerned someone is watching and judging me for watching the video.
    I prefer intentional ASMR videos.
    For me, there is no difference between real life ASMR and video ASMR

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  2. ASMR videos that have:
    Soft talking
    Typing on computer
    Book pages turning
    Talking while organizing makeup, gemstones, or nail polish
    The haircut role play
    Bags or purses of different fabrics being explained or showcased

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  3. I have the strongest ASMR experiences with a combination of at least two triggers. Either two sources of sound or sound and visual cues.
    Sounds: (Strongest-to least) Dry – brushing, ear touching, rubbing, light touching, tapping, crinkling, pages turning.
    Visual: (Strongest-to least) Personal – Face touching, finger fluttering.

    While I find that I haven’t seen a visual cue that hurts the experience of ASMR, I find background music, or extraneous sound highly distracting. Wet sounds, especially eating, are not my cup of tea.

    My first ASMR experiences are strongly associated with my parents brushing my hair when I was little. However any time someone touches my hair, including getting a hair cut – I have continued to experience ASMR. So ASMR content that is geared towards personal attention, particularly grooming is the only type of role-pay stimuli that I find elicits a stronger response.
    I only realized that ASMR had a name about a month ago. I have been clinically dx with CPTSD as a victim of sexual assault. ASMR has been a tool to relieve much of the anxiety and fear I experience on a daily basis even 7 years after the initial trauma. I am between 20-30, and have only recently begun seeking out intentional ASMR stimuli to help manage my symptoms in an exploration of alternatives to medicine in the form of therapeutic activities. However I do take and follow a prescription of Sertraline to manage my symptoms.

    I think because of my personal factors, dry sounds and personal attention affect me more strongly than any other types of triggers. I have had the most success experiences ASMR by viewing content by ASMR artist such as ASMRdarling and ASMRmagic.

    I do find that while triggers can become boring if repeated too much, triggers that are too brief will also cancel out my own experience. It would be interesting to see research on the best threshold for how long the average person has to be exposed to a certain trigger before the effect trails off, or is cut short. I feel colors have absolutely no affect on my experience of ASMR. Whispering itself does not seem to allow me to experience ASMR so much as the meaning of what the ASMR artist is saying. Positive, personal, and toxic pulling whispering tends to almost certainly trigger my ASMR. Too much talking however can cancel out the experience.

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  4. Are you triggered by voices? sounds? sights?
    I’m triggered by voices and some sounds. rarely by sights.

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

    Can you experience ASMR by listening to a video with the screen off?
    Listening with my eyes closed is the best. Sometimes a visual will throw me off, even if I’m just seeing my room.

    What specific actions, sounds, scenarios, or role-plays in a video stimulate your ASMR the strongest?
    Voice: Reading me a bedtime story, calling me sweet nicknames and talking lovingly, talking about an interesting subjects.
    Sounds: Beard and hair play, low growls, sometimes breathing.
    Sights: There is one Adult-film star that triggers a very strong ASMR (mostly not accompanied by sexual arousal). Even just by watching him with no sound on, and he triggers it even if I see him doing non sexual, everyday activities, I think it happens because he’s very calm and attentive in everything he does. He gives me such strong shivers and the sensation is so intense I cry sometimes.

    Do your immediate surroundings make a difference to your ability to experience ASMR from a video?
    Yes, I have to be in a quiet, safe place. Even when the conditions are ideal, I won’t always feel ASMR.

    Do you prefer intentional ASMR videos or unintentional ASMR videos?
    Intentional ASMR videos creep me out if they don’t cause ASMR. When I stumble across unintentional ASMR it’s the best.

    Who are your favorite ASMR artists and why do you like them better than other artists?
    The best ASMRtist I encountered so far, is you, Dr. Richard! Other than that, I don’t have any favorite intentional ASMRtists because I don’t actively look for them.

    For you, is the ASMR stimulated by a video similar or different from the ASMR stimulated by a real world situation?
    It’s very different, because it can last longer than a real world one, and the longer the stimuli, the more euphoria and full body sensations I’ll feel. However, real world ASMR can be more intense since it involves touch.

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