Did you know you can have a euphoric brain orgasm just by opening a box of biscuits?
Nope, it’s not just the impending taste explosion that’s exciting your brain. It’s a phenomenon called ASMR, otherwise known as autonomous sensory meridian response.
This YouTuber delights her 80,000 subscribers with softly rustling boxes and gentle whispers; sounds which reportedly elicit a spine-tingling feeling akin to an orgasm.
The condition causes a response which allegedly feels a little like ‘positive goosebumps’, according to Charlotte, the self-titled ASMR Angel from Yorkshire.
Now flocks of people who experience ASMR have taken to YouTube -cleverly calling themselves ASMRtists – to share the sensory love with others.
Imagine the polar opposite of the feeling you experience when you hear nails on a chalkboard, and you have ASMR.
Activities producing this sensory response can range from opening boxes, touching bubble wrap and foil, chewing biscuits, fluttering tissue paper, brushing hair – and even role plays emulating medical check ups.
Each individual with ASMR has different triggers. Charlotte’s, for example, is the sound of someone cleaning.
While it all may sound like a strange fetish – and the phenomenon certainly isn’t scientifically proven – many in the ASMR community deny any link to sexual feelings.
It is weird, but it isn’t a fetish at all – or at least it is not meant as one, but literally everything is a fetish these days.
In fact, anecdotal evidence has shown that ASMR can even alleviate PTSD and anxiety.
Charlotte, who also has experienced anxiety, panic attacks and a phobias, explained:
People watch my videos to trigger their ASMR but also to help them relax if they struggle with depression, anxiety or PTSD.
I’ve had soldiers who haven’t slept in weeks or months since coming back from fighting, thanking me for helping them relax and get to sleep.
You do sometimes forget that, and I’m genuinely so grateful that I’m helping people and that they actually come to me for the help.
Although the medical jury is still out, Charlotte’s YouTube ASMR videos are totally mesmerising; a down-to-earth answer to whale song and pan pipes.
In a world that seems driven by the next cheap thrill, maybe a cheap biscuit-induced mini-orgasm is the answer.