Maybe I’m late to the game, but I recently discovered ASMR videos. I’ve been seeing the tag for a while on the internet, but I never really knew what it meant. As far as I could tell, ASMR was just something that was inexplicably mesmerizing.
As it turns out, the acronym stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and it’s used to describe the physiological feeling that some people get when they hear certain sounds. It’s usually associated with soft whispers, or light tapping noises, which provoke for some a tingly sensation in their heads that moves down their bodies and through their limbs.
It’s pretty fucking awesome. If you’re somebody who experiences ASMR, you can derive a huge amount of pleasure from some very simple sounds and videos. It’s not sexual, per se, but there is something sensual about the whole thing. It feels kind of intimate and secret.
One of the increasingly popular realms of ASMR is the food video, where people pick up the sounds associated with food using highly sensitive 360 degree microphones. These videos span different approaches: from the sounds of cooking and food being made, to lip-smacking, crunching eating sounds.
Personally, I’m not a huge fans of the chewing sounds videos (loud chewing is actually one of my biggest pet peeves) but there is something oddly comforting about hearing the hissing, chopping, and bubbling sounds of an active kitchen.
Same goes for the chilling sound of ice cream rolls being made. So, if you’re looking to find yet another way to enjoy food (outside of cooking and eating of course) I’d recommend delving into the wonderful world of food ASMR. Make sure you have a nice pair of headphones on hand, because the sounds are best enjoyed that way. Though, heads up, if you’re ASMR sensitive, you might end up in a YouTube hole for quite a while.