Dear 100 Hour Board,
Thoughts on ASMR? Love it? Hate it? Just meh?
I thought it was weird at first, until it helped me fall asleep a lot quicker than usual (Madi ASMR is fab). I noticed that every time I walked up the main Tanner stairs, I would clink my fingernails on the railing because I liked how it sounded.
Apparently I'm much more alone in this than I thought (at least among Board writers), but I actually really like ASMR. I used to get it all the time from just like listening to choirs as a kid but I never knew what it was. I also like to rub my hands over carpet and couch fabric repitiously, which I think is partially tactile based but also at least a little aurally pleasing too. Finding out that ASMR was an actual thing that other people experience was very cool.
That being said, I only started watching ASMR videos in the last few months. My favorites are mouth sounds (like pops and clicks) and makeup brushes against microphones. I find it very soothing and it's helped me fall asleep more than once. I especially like it for when I feel sick or have a bad headache, as the soft sounds are exactly what I want. I've also watched a few mukbangs, but the eating sounds kinda weird me out.
Dear chinchilla storm,
I don't like eating ASMR in the least, so when a friend started a "mukbang asmr" Instagram account, I was confused... and grossed out.
I wouldn't consider myself much of an ASMR person, but I find Gandalf's looped background whispers in the Pogo song "Murmurs of Middle Earth" (a song created by remixing audio samples from the original Lord of the Rings trilogy) very calming, especially in the last thirty seconds of the song.
Do I like ASMR? Yes and No. sometimes relaxing, other times it stresses me out. Specifically, I don't like spoken word ASMR (whispering gives me the heebie-jeebies) but I do occasionally like listening to sand cutting and soap cutting videos. I find them visually and auditorily soothing. And by 'occasionally' I mean when I'm extremely bored.
It's just weird. I've never taken the time to listen to it (because I'd rather play my phone games mindlessly be productive), but I might have been willing to try if not for my obsessed friends' descriptions. I don't really want to listen to onions crunching in my ear, even if it did give you tingles and shivers down your spine, Susan! If I want goosebumps from listening to a noise, I'll scrape my long fingernails down a blackboard!
(Oof just writing that was painful.)
-guppy of doom