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    ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is a tingling sensation that generally starts on the scalp and goes down to the mid back. These are usually called “tingles”. This happens when someone’s ASMR is triggered, which most commonly is caused by pleasant noises, such as tapping, scratching, soft talking, or whispering. Despite popular belief, ASMR is not sexual, and is simply relaxing for most people. I personally use it to fall asleep.

    There’s a huge community of ASMRtists (people who create ASMR videos) on Youtube, using the triggers I listed above.

    ASMR is generally split into two categories: Intentional, and unintentional. Intentional ASMR is when someone does something for the purpose of triggering ones ASMR. Unintentional ASMR is when someone does something for another purpose, but ends up doing it in a way that also triggers ones ASMR.

    The beginning of ASMR started out on a forum, by a user called okaywhatever in 2007, discussing an unnamed sensation caused by mundane activities. Then, in 2008, the term Attention Induced Head Orgasm (AIHO) was coined by another user who had been experiencing ASMR as well. You could say that this is why ASMR is so associated with sexual content. In 2009, the first ASMRtist, known as WhisperingLife, entered YouTube. Her channel was dedicated to making videos where she whispered, specifically meant to soothe and relax viewers.

    Finally, in 2010, the term Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response was coined by Jennifer Allen. She also lobbied Wikipedia to keep the first entry about ASMR, and overall significantly contributed to the ASMR video.

    So, do you have ASMR? I’ve included a link to a video so you can find out!