Thursday, March 31, 2011

Poll Results: Is ASMR Hereditary

A few months back I put the new poll on the website. This poll had to do with whether you all thought ASMR is a hereditary phenomenon – that is, whether it’s inherited from your parents and such.

Well, the poll is now officially closed, and in just about three months, we managed to get 17 votes. So let’s have a look at the results; break them down:

Out of the seventeen who voted, 6 (35%) claimed that they thought ASMR is hereditary, and that their parent, sibling, or child experiences it, just like they do.

5 People (29%) said that they were the only one in their family who experienced it, and that no other immediate relation of theirs did.

4 People (23%) claimed that it’s entirely possible that ASMR is hereditary, not necessarily meaning that they themselves experience it.

And lastly, 2 people (11%) said that they outright do not believe that ASMR is hereditary.

So, the winner is number 1 on the poll, but the poll was decidedly mixed, or split down the middle, almost. There was no real landslide victory, and this made for an interesting poll, indeed.

Thanks to all who took part, and look forward to the next poll in the coming week!

Monday, March 28, 2011

More on Track Spotting: Soundcloud.com

We all know there’s a sizeable community on YouTube dedicated to ASMR, or whatever you personally call it. But although YouTube pretty much has it all, there’s this one thing that it doesn’t have.

I was reading through my numerous new feeds the other day and came across an interesting website. It’s called Soundcloud.com, and the one thing that YouTube lacks, is here – and it relates to my previous post on track spotting.

What it is the ability to mark exactly where you noticed something interesting during a track. It could be an awesome guitar solo, or an ear piercing screech, or you managed to hear something in the background, like the drummer clearing his throat. In any case, this piqued my interest, and here I am posting about it now.

soundcloud1 soundcloud2soundcloud3

Instead of making a comment somewhere on the 10th page which has your typical “listen at 3:04”, or “check out 1’09” for some tingles”, which may never be read by anyone (who is going to go through 10 pages of comments anyway?), your comments appear at the bottom as usual, but there is also the ability to have it marked on the track itself, too. All you do is click on the blue bar at the bottom of the track, exactly where you experienced a change in energy that might have brought on a case of the chills, or ASMR, and type in your comment. And there appears a nice little icon, which if you hover your mouse cursor over, will have that comment appear.

Genius.

This is something that YouTube needs. I doubt that anyone reading this has heard of this site, and I doubt that a community as large as the one which exists on YouTube, would ever appear here – but if YouTube ever made one positive change, it should be this.

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Soundcloud.com

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tingle Triggers: The Cleveland Show

Excuse the rather poor quality... of the screencap, not the show. I am not a big fan of cartoons, I’ll be honest. I stopped watching them about the same time that I stopped going to primary school, and went off to high school. I think that’s when you stop doing a lot of things.

But I do watch the more adult-themed cartoons, because the sense of humour portrayed in them appeals to me. As for the childish cartoons, they were funny many years ago, but I just don’t find them funny now. My brother is a different story. He is obsessed with cartoons and anime and all that, and he’s much older than I am. That I can’t figure out.

Anyway, the shows I do watch include The Simpsons, South Park, and more recently, The Cleveland Show. The Cleveland show is a spin-off of Family Guy – an adult cartoon which some love and others hate, reason being that they consider it intellectually inferior to the likes of South Park.

But I often find myself watching The Cleveland Show, and for more than one reason, which I’m sure you’re going to pick up any second now. Sometimes when I listen to Cleveland’s son, Cleveland Brown Jnr, speak, I often get that familiar tingling feeling. It has something to do with his soft-spoken, funny sounding voice, and maybe even his naive, innocent demeanour – in a more empathetic approach - I’m sure some of you know what I’m speaking of.

Other characters I often find myself getting a reaction from include the female bear, Arianna (Tim’s wife), and also Cleveland Brown’s father, LeVar "Freight Train" Brown. He appeared in the somewhat lewd episode where he ended up having relations with Auntie Momma (who ended up being a transvestite).

Why do I watch this stuff?

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Community Update: An ASMR Explosion

Just lately, in the last week or two, there’s been a surge in new membership all over the board. Practically every network website has experienced it. There’s been over a hundred or more new people who’ve joined the Facebook Group; I’ve had plenty of new subscriptions on the YouTube channel; there’s been tons more traffic coming though to my HubPages article, and this blog, too.

There’s been renewed interest in this phenomenon - and there’s likely one reason why this has all happened: Reddit.

A while back, a community member submitted some links on the social bookmarking website, Reddit, and a massive amount of interest took place. People have been searching more and more for ASMR resources and the like, and even an opinion column was written after a writer for the Daily Nebraskan found out about ASMR on the website.

To tell the the truth, and to quote myself in a statement I issued earlier in a comment on the blog, I kind of dreaded the day that news would spread onto these social networking sites. I’ll say this much: I tend to avoid places such as Digg like the plague, seeing as it’s seemingly full of trolls for the most part. And trolling can be responsible for large influxes of traffic, as the team discussed at one stage.

The response on Reddit however was mainly positive, but there were a few of trolling/flaming attempts, likely from non-experiencers and definitely non-supporters. Constructive criticism and differences of opinion I can handle, but personal attacks and the like just baffle me for the most part. They have nothing of actual value to express, I suppose.

In the end, it’s necessary for the group to expand. You never know – there might be some decent people on these sites after all. Up until now, there have been hundreds of people within our community, and after being discovered on Reddit, I expect many more to join up, whether it’s on Facebook, or on the forums.
As of the time of writing, it’s all slowed down a bit, but I expect it’s more of a calm before the storm. It’ll probably pick up again somewhere soon.

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http://www.reddit.com/r/asmr/
http://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/fni64/til_about_asmr_aka_that_unnamed_feeling_or_head/
http://www.reddit.com/r/WTF/comments/fhbxq/wow_japan_has_some_ridiculous_candy/
http://www.dailynebraskan.com/opinion/mason-human-mind-responds-to-unique-stimuli-excites-stimulates-senses-1.2501937
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