ASMR in the NYT
About a year ago, when Netflix stopped carrying Sagan's Cosmos, I started looking for other videos or audio for relaxation. The first thing I tried was listening to scientific lectures or documentaries. It wasn't the same. Sometimes it worked, but not always. So I just searched for 'soft spoken intellectual monologues' and got a Youtube hit for something called ASMR.
ASMR, or auto sensory meridian response, has become a small phenomenon, led, in no small part, by an 'ASMRtist' who goes by the nom de guerre, "Gentle Whispering". I rarely remain conscious through her videos, but one I recently saw kept me up.
The New York Times covered ASMR, and Gentle Whispering did a video about it:
I must admit that I have been hesitant to post about ASMR. It has now hit the mainstream. That makes it ok, right? lol. I've watched a lot of ASMR, and only a few put me to sleep very well. Gentle Whispering is one of, if not the best, IMHO.
EDIT: If you aren't familiar with Cosmos, try this little intro: