Just like the two recognised types of ASMR, type A and B, it seems as though we are becoming conscious of the fact that there is perhaps more than one type of trigger. You have an incidental trigger, and an intentional trigger.
So what exactly would qualify as an intentional trigger video compared to an incidental one?
If you have to look at the ones that cause incidental triggers – the most popular ones on the ASMR playlist – you have to think then that these would not be intentional triggers. These are mainly incidental trigger videos. They haven’t been created with ASMR in mind, and were made for other purposes. Experiencers such as us just happen to get that familiar tingling feeling while watching them.
I would argue that almost every trigger out there is an incidental one. Because something as mundane as someone flipping through a magazine or reading a newspaper would have little to no effect on most people; it does have quite an effect on an experiencer.
This presents a problem, as firstly, it still has to be decided what an intentional trigger video is, and how you’d go about making one. If we think about it, we can come up with the following criteria so far:
- I reckon it has to be crafted with ASMR in mind.
- Likely would be created by a community member, or supporter of sorts.
- It would perhaps focus on one or more of the many triggers reported by the community, such as the list on my article on HubPages.
- More than one asmer would actually have to experience ASMR for it to be labelled as intentional. This is tricky seeing as what might work for one person will not work for another. We know this all to well. Some people enjoy digital media, such as watching YouTube, whilst others do not gain any benefit from doing so.
I think that is how basic it really is, seeing as it’s like I said: when you think about it, likely most if not all triggers are incidental in nature. So even if a video in created with the intention of stimulating the sensation, it’s likely still going to be categorised as an incidental trigger. It’s probably much easier to class something as intentional if it works only for you.
What do you think? Can we add anything more to the checklist when it comes to categorizing intentional triggers? Feel free to chime in, in the comments.
These are just mini-updates that I was too lazy or busy to make a post for. They also list changes or additions that have been made to the blog, for interest's sake and to follow how the blog is developing.
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- Enabled mobile layout for blog.
- Updated hotspots page.
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