09 December 2022

ASMR and children’s well-being



               ASMR, also known as autonomous sensory meridian response, is a tingling sensation that starts in the head or scalp, brought on by familiar noises that you hear every day, and induces a profound sense of relaxation. It can be activated by touch, vision, or auditory inputs, which causes the body to react in a way that soothes the central nervous system.


Although ASMR is not novel, it is new to the general public. Those who have been experiencing ASMR for their whole lives have realized that the phenomenon not only has a name, but that others also experience it and that there is a growing online community waiting to set off their tingles thanks to coverage in local, regional, national, and worldwide media.

On YouTube, videos with calming audio and visuals get increasingly popular. Parents are wading into the ASMR and kids realm as their children are discovering these videos as well.

Sources have even claimed that ASMR videos or movies, which are intended to elicit soothing “euphoric” feelings, might benefit children’s mental health, possibly reducing anxiety or serving as a calming study backdrop.

Dr. Craig Richard (ASMR researcher, Biopharmaceutical Sciences professor, and ASMR University founder) suggests using internet videos to enhance real-world ASMR with virtual ASMR for further benefits. However, further study is required to see how virtual ASMR may be improved for growth.

The ASMR University states that people who cause ASMR in others, exhibit the majority of the bonding behaviors that parents utilize to calm, soothe, and relax their newborns.


Parents and other caregivers are growingly using ASMR material to assist youngsters transition from playing to bed. 

Kids may naturally relate to ASMR because it might resemble some of the feelings that infants go through as they bond with their parents.


If you want to try ASMR with your kids, there are a few important considerations:



  •  Ideally, check the content first, then review your security settings. Children should always be watched while scrolling, and auto-play should be avoided.


  • Be cautious when interpreting ASMR. As a Smithsonian Magazine story points out, not everyone even feels these “tingles”. While ASMR has become popular, your child may be begging to watch these videos simply because, well, kids adore YouTube.


Therefore, whether deliberate or accidental, real-world ASMR should be quite advantageous for kids. It has previously been demonstrated that ASMR helps with sleeplessness, sadness, and anxiety. Listening to ASMR while studying or taking examinations may help students reduce their anxiety and maximize their academic and creative potential. 

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