ASMR is an abbreviation for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and refers to a pleasant, tingling sensation that usually begins on the head and moves down the back of the neck and the spine, and can spread to the arms, hands, and to the entire skin, comparable to the “goosebumps” feeling.
The ASMR response is also described as a kind of euphoria, relaxing, calming, alerting or awakening, and inducing a “positive feeling.”
In any case, the ASMR abbreviation stands for the following:
• Autonomous (or Auto) — spontaneous, self-governing, with or without control;
• Sensory — about the senses or sensation;
• Meridian — indicating a peak, climax, or point of highest development;
• Response — referring to an experience triggered by something external or internal.
ASMR responses can be triggered by certain types of music, sounds, videos, and activities. Although often associated with sexual arousal, ASMR is not per se sensual or erotic in nature and not a specific tool for sexual arousal.
Mind also that the ASMR response is subjective, for instance, one type of music may trigger an ASMR response for one person and not for another. Nevertheless, certain ASMR stimuli seem to work in the same way for many people.
Although ASMR responses can come about through common or uncommon interactions in daily life, it’s rather intentionally (and commercially) used in films, advertising, digital art, and music to give people a “good feeling” about “something.”
Nevertheless, within the erotic industry ASMR has been incorporated as ASMR Erotic Audio or Erotic ASMR. It’s for those who get aroused by sensual sounds, such as whispering voices, sheets rubbing on skin, heavy breathing, orgasmic moaning, naughty words, and other sex sounds. Sometimes the audio material is also accompanied by video.