Do people even listen anymore? Recalling some words from a person I love dearly “Don’t look. LISTEN”, I often wonder how many people actually listen. Many people only hear what they want to hear, and miss many things, like an important message, a cry for help, or the truth.
But that’s not why I’m writing this entry.
I’d like to share something I’ve recently been made aware of. Thanks to a recent YouTubers React video, I’ve become slightly hooked on something called ASMR – autonomous sensory meridian response.
If you’re a sensory type of person – you like certain sounds, you like to touch and/or smell things – ASMR can be quite satisfying. For those who have sensitive ears, even if they’re sensory, ASMR can be very uncomfortable. I know of 2 people in my immediate family who cannot stand many sounds.
Maybe because I have significant hearing loss, it doesn’t bother me.
I’ve recently discovered just how sensory I am while browsing Tumblr. I do not recall the exact keyword I typed in the search bar, but I was suddenly presented with a lot of video clips that were tagged with the word STIM, or stimming. ASMR is tied with stimming. It’s very popular among those with ADHD and ASD. It can also be therapeutic for those who suffer from anxiety and depression.
When I first heard of ASMR, this gal’s videos were the first I listened to. But BE FOREWARNED. If you have any misophonia tendencies, you may want to avoid ASMR all the way around. I’m sure you don’t want to smash your iPod, or your outrageously expensive smartphone.
After listening to a few typical ASMR videos, this guy showed up in my ‘suggestions’ bar, and I wound up down the YouTube hole once again. …..
Dozens of ASMR videos later, I’ve recently purchased a load of Floam and slime. The glue industry has experienced a massive boost in sales due to all the how to make floam videos. But I’m not that far into it – yet. I don’t know if I want to go that far. There’s a question of chemical safety when it comes to making your own slime and Floam. Do your research before you start purchasing gallons of glue and boxes of Borax.
As with anything, ‘too much’ can cause trouble. This may very well be the case with making your own slime and floam. Everything in moderation, and with supervision if you’re a minor.
Meanwhile, I’m off to listen to more slime ASMR videos. It’s just one of those oddly satisfying sounds.