Would you sit and listen to someone rub a brush on a microphone for more than 5 minutes? Or would you prefer someone tapping their nails on a wooden surface for the same amount of time? If you're like me, you'd probably pick the third option, "neither". You will be shocked to know that there are a lot of people out there who apparently enjoy this stuff. It's actually a fast growing area on YouTube as well. It is referred to as ASMR, Autonomous sensory meridian response. Wikipedia defined ASMR as, "a euphoric experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine, precipitating relaxation". Many people have their own opnions about ASMR. Some, like Elvis the Alien, find it to be absurd!
Elvis the Alien even took the initiative to create a YouTube video to share his views of the subject!
He starts out his video with a disturbing clip of a man whispering into the microphone about shaking his nuts in your ear. Right off the bat you can get a sense of the direction this video is going in. When he finally begins to describe ASMR, he says that the videos are supposed to give a person "brain tingles", but in reality they give you "fight or flight tingles". He's basically calling these videos creepy and scary!
Next, he begins to describe how some of the people creating these videos take this very seriously.. Seriously enough to spend $600 on a microphone to simulate ears!
These ASMR people literally spend hundreds of dollars just to rub and whisper things into these microphones!
Elvis the Alien claims that the most bizarre ASMR channel is Ephemeral Rift. Elvis the Alien seems to admire this man for solely for his creativity and not the ASMR itself. When describing Empheral Rift, he appaears to be referring to this video primarily:
To be completely honest, this video is creepy. It's like watching a muted horror movie! As did Elvis the Alien, I give props to this guy for his creativity, wardrobe, and makeup. I do not recommend his videos for the ASMR aspect, but I do recommend them just to enjoy his content style.
I do not recommend ASMR to anyone! It can not possibly elicit "brain tingles" in anyone. The only way you could possibly enjoy these videos is if you were under the influence of something. (Just kidding; stay sober).
If you are looking to have some "brain tingles", I recommend visiting Elvis the Alien's YouTube Channel. He has a lot of great and hilarious content. I highly recommend paying his channel a visit.