10 Best and Popular ASMR Methods and Ideas to Make ASMR based Videos
A trend is gaining momentum on the largest social vlogging community, YouTube and is quite beneficial. Have you ever heard of ASMR? Well, these are sensations accompanied by soothing sounds that calm our mind. These sounds trickle us in various ways. It arouses your subconscious mind and is characterised by relaxing sounds. An Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) as it is called, is our ultimate destination for relaxation. It is all over the Internet and yes, it is nothing short of rage. Much like other fads this too has infiltrated Indian digital space from the West.
ASMR used combined technology of sounds and music techniques that can make you fall asleep. YouTubers promoting this trend have mushroomed in the last few years. They are now targeting every aspect of your routine life and connecting it with ASMR. It is appalling to see that some YouTubers are projecting it s*xually where there is in no way related to sensuality and it is merely a relaxing technique where the s*xual connotations attached to it is misguiding and misleading.
The Internet is flooded with ASMR videos of this type and certainly we agree that it is a way of deriving pleasure, but it’s not about erotic kind. The idea on which these techniques are structured is very unscientific and should not be promoted. The videos are a compilation of many sounds made by the host that include his own voice in the videos. They mostly murmur in the videos and the sound of soap cutting and breaking are very profound. Many YouTubers producing such videos on a variety of topics which vary in the nature. These videos are quite a riot and we get stumbled upon these videos while surfing in the net. In these videos, they accomplish the task of crushing and cutting soaps and somehow they manage to hold our attention.
There are some role-play videos where in these videos, the host dresses up as some character and mostly a fantastic one and they narrate a story. These types of videos can be found in abundance and the story could take any courses and props that can help the audience and the host in taking the idea forward.
In this post we will be looking and reviewing some of the popular videos available on the Internet most on the YouTube.
The famous Asian trend Mukbang is combined with ASMR technique. The munching, smacking, gulping, slurping sounds have a meditative effect on our minds. Our body reacts to these sounds. The host sits and consumes a table filled with food. As he or she enjoys the supper we relax amidst the above-mentioned sounds.
Buzz feed India made a parody video on ASMR techniques and went to show that how unbearable it becomes. The video ends up making us laugh and also disturbing our minds. The real question that hovers over my mind is whether ASMR techniques or triggers are actually effective. How genuine are these videos? Are they scientifically accurate?
Some of them are misusing it and putting up bizarre thumbnails. The more outlandish the thumbnail the more views it would garner. So, why do people love watching them? Well, the answer lies in our love for bizarre things like cringe pop. We end up watching things just to criticize them, in a way making them popular. The trend started on a positive note and when well received slowly turned a little nonsense. Some YouTubers are capitalizing the on their new found fame and throwing trash on our face. Anyhow, it’s the latest craze.
The salient features of ASMR techniques or triggers are:
Whispering is a technique or a trigger that slowly drowns into your ears and creates a constant burst of emotions. It is the most common method. It is a simple technique infused by a host to captivate audiences. The technique capitulates various ways of murmuring. The trigger blends into the surrounding sounds almost camouflaging itself.
2. Scratching and Tapping
Have you ever drawn a line on a blackboard with the rough edge of the chalk? Imagine the sound effect and much more. My quandary is that the sound it makes is annoying for a class filled with students so will it be relieving for audiences. Scratching a wooden chair or tapping a cupboard its all part of the act. But these videos receive uninhibited support and do deserve a one-time watch.
Another technique receiving unbridled love from audiences. This trigger is a culmination of many sounds. Blowing on a whistle or through a pipe, using a straw to blow a liquid are all evidence of blowing. The idea is lame, but overall the trigger manifests into effective method helping people. With the advent of ASMR, this technique has found many viewers.
4. Page turning
Flipping through pages or simply running your hands through the pages. This is now masquerading as ASMR. This trigger is useful in making you feel calm and peaceful. It is awkwardly tranquil and the experience rejuvenates you.
5. Paying attention
Paying attention has role plays and these videos feature an array of role plays. These videos have found many takers. They even portray a host in extravagant clothing without making any bones about it. It is refreshing and replenishes your mood. It does seem a little delusional and juvenile though.
6. Touching the head
Could you have ever thought that touching your head or hair can do wonders for your mood? Relaxation will come along eventually. Peace ensues and you feel energetic. The technique is well-known.
7. Concentration on a task
The task could be anything. The host performs the task and we seek pleasure in it. The trigger has developed over time and your mind switches off its conscious mode. Thus letting our subconscious mind take over. The tasks can also be unique and absolutely disgusting. As long it arrests the audiences, it’s all fine.
You heard me right breaking is also part of ASMR. The technique is new. I noticed it in some videos and well, I feel it is unnecessary. Breaking all kinds of objects and the host’s commentary along with it add to the ambience.
This trigger or method started in South Korea and spread across the world. Mukbang is also a method used to relax your senses.
ASMR as a reflex is actually a good offering if the triggers in the videos are well arranged. I mean the whole package of ASMR works, but in parts, it is disorienting and sometimes unscientific. I still believe that the videos are overrated.