What Does ASMR Mean in a Text?

ASMR means "Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response."

ASMR is the term for the sensation some people experience when they listen to certain sounds, watch certain videos or take part in specific activities (usually activities that involve personal attention). People who experience ASMR often describe the feeling as "brain tingles." It is a tingling sensation that usually starts in the back of the head and runs down through neck, spine and limbs. ASMR usually comes in waves and provokes intense feelings of euphoria and/or relaxation.

ASMR is not experienced by everyone and, as yet, no authoritative research has been done into what percentage of the population may experience the phenomena. Common triggers for ASMR include whispering, soft-speaking, close personal attention, delicate hand movements, crisp sounds and gentle physical contact.

Since the first video was posted on YouTube in 2009, interest in ASMR has exploded. Many ASMR videos, featuring activities such as unintelligible whispering, hair brushing, nail tapping and paper crinkling, have since gone viral and have millions of viewers and subscribers.

The New Rockstars YouTube channel has an entertaining explanation of ASMR, including a test to see if you have it:


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When I write ASMR, I mean this:

meaning of ASMR

ASMR is often described as "Brain Tingles."

Summary of Key Points

"Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response" is the most common definition for ASMR on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Here is some more information about ASMR.
Definition:Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Examples of ASMR in Sentences

Here are examples of ASMR being used in conversations:
  • Cloe: Listening to you brushing your hair gives me the brain tingles.
  • Lee: That's called ASMR. There's loads of videos about it on YouTube.
  • Sam: I get ASMR when anyone just puts a hand on my back.
  • Ray: I get it when I open a bag of potato chips or candy. That's why I'm so overweight.

An Academic Look at ASMR

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Aitch Ess Emm Arr"), ASMR is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of ASMR Used in a Text

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