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ASMR Videos - Soothing or Creepy?

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Published on Feb 17, 2013

"We open with a close-up of a young woman's face, shot from below. She gazes downward into the camera, her light brown hair hanging so low as to almost touch the lens. Her eyes are wide with what seems a kind of maternal solicitousness. When she speaks, she does so very quietly and softly, with a mild European accent that is difficult to place. "Hey, sweetie," she says. "Do you feel a little bit better?" She touches the lens—the viewer's face, your face—with a gentle finger. "Yeah, you're having a fever, hun. I just have a little bit of a wet towel. I'll just put it on your cheeks a little bit, and your forehead, okay? Yeah? OK, sweetie?" She turns away from you for a moment, and when she turns back, she has a blue facecloth in her hand; with this she sets about gently dabbing and wiping your poor, fevered little brow. It is no fun being sick, she tells you. But she wants you to know that you, her sweetheart, are going to be okay. For a further 13 minutes or so, these moistly whispered reassurances continue, until finally the screen goes black, and the whispering fades to silence."*

ASMR- Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response- are a kind of video that are sweeping the web. Would it be comforting for you to watch a video of someone roleplaying taking care of a sick friend, or brushing your hair? Or would you find it strange? Or even sexual? Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (TYT University) discuss.

*Read more from Mark O'Connell/ Slate:
http://www.slate.com/articles/life/cu...

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