Friday, October 15, 2010

More Evidence of a Type C ASMR?: Digital Media and its Effects

If you’ve visited this blog before, or participated within the community, you’ll have heard of the two types of ASMR. There’s Type A, where a person is not affected by external stimuli; Type B experiencers are affected by sounds, sights, touch, and sometimes even smell, in rare cases. Not sure on taste - there might be some.

Type Bs are likely the most common, from what we’ve gathered so far. People who are a bit of both (A and B) are also somewhat common. People who are exclusively Type A are less common, it seems.

But there’s been debate over the effects of digital media. Most Type Bs to my knowledge enjoy watching videos on YouTube, films, or listening to sounds or music. I like to do all of these things.

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                    YouTube: The ASMR experiencer’s source of instant gratification. 

But there are those who are not really affected that much, if at all, by these forms of digital media, or multimedia. Now one would assume that these people would be Type As – in fact at least one or two people on the ASMR research team (who identify themselves as being predominantly or even totally Type A) report this: not being able to gain any benefit (or sensillations) from watching the YouTube videos often posted on the Facebook Group wall, or in the forums.

But it was originally a concern brought up by former ASMR Research team member, and founder of the Yahoo Society of Sensationalists group, Ryan “Mistery” Perez, that there may even be Type Bs, as well as Type As, who experience (or rather don’t) this.

There are those who claim that they have to meet a person face to face, in the flesh, to even hope of getting a “hit” of ASMR. This would occur either by listening to them talk, or watching them do something. I’m not even sure if talking on the phone to somebody would qualify. It has to be in person.

So, it’s almost like a Type B - Type II: one who doesn’t experience ASMR from digital media. And I for one think it’s an unfortunate thing for those who are like this, as it may be harder for them to even experience ASMR. I just think how lucky I am that I can just turn on the radio or watch something on the TV or YouTube to get a hit. Although I’m sure I have also gotten it from people in real-life conversation.

One thing’s for sure: the video trials that will be conducted soon will answer some, if not a lot of these questions.

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