Where can I find ASMR videos to watch?
YouTube has been the main hub for the emergence of ASMR as a genre of video entertainment and continues to be the primary home of the most popular ASMR channels and ASMRtists. However, Twitch.TV and Instagram have become popular platforms for ASMR videos and streams too, especially for certain subgenres of videos like those featuring kinetic sand. And for the diehards, a new app called Tingles is quickly gaining popularity as an ASMR-focused platform offering viewers a whole bunch of customized-for-ASMR-viewer options like background watching, sleep timers (so your computer isn’t running forever if you fall asleep), and the ability to support ASMRtists directly.
Where did ASMR start?
Though Dr. Richard, the mastermind behind ASMR University, isn’t an ASMRtist himself, he has been instrumental in researching the phenomenon. His website has a complete history of the phenomenon’s origins and rise to popularity, but more importantly, Dr. Richard conducts regular polls and studies in order to assess the possible medical applications of ASMR, both for mental and physical health.
The story of ASMR’s rise to the mainstream is a classic tale of the internet bringing folks together. The earliest known mention of the sensation came from user “okay whatever” on the health forum steadyhealth.com in a post entitled “Weird Sensation Feels Good.” The thread spiraled out of control, with other users chiming in helping to codify and define the experience of ASMR, and the community was born, hitting YouTube via WhisperingLife in 2009 and gaining momentum ever since.
And it is a community. There are ASMR accounts on Instagram and TikTok now. The subreddit for ASMR is incredibly active, with over 175k subscribers all sharing their own experiences in what is, at the end of the day, an effort to not just engage in self-care, but also to help others engage in self-care in the most effective way.
So thank you, okay whatever. We’ll be thinking about you the next time we watch one of those videos of kinetic sand being sliced.