ASMR categories

ASMR means Autonomous sensory meridian response. It is an experience characterized by a static-like or tingling sensation on the skin that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine.

ASMR is a term used to describe the mildly euphoric experience of being stimulated by certain visual or auditory stimuli, called triggers. It is described as a tingling sensation that begins in the head and works its way down the body. 

ASMR Triggers

A normal person may have many sounds that can trigger ASMR. However, some triggers create a stronger ASMR experience when compared to others. ASMR triggers can either be audible, physical or visual. You will encounter these triggers in real life, in movies, and sometimes in the most absurd places. Below is a list of the 12 Best ASMR Triggers: Mainly there are 12 triggers.


Whispering is where all of this started. This is the most popular ASMR sound. Listening to a whispering trigger at the right time is generally the first way that we get to discover ASMR.

Beautiful young woman whispering a secret into her boyfriend’s ear

Whispering sounds can also be binaural and it means that the sounds are recorded in separate channels which allows you to hear voices spoken to the left side from your left side speaker. This will create a more “real” experience.

The trigger can sometimes be noiseless or unintelligible. This means that you’re not supposed to hear the words clearly so that you can concentrate on the sounds.

02.Scratching and Tapping

Microphone scratching as well as tapping on different surfaces are the well-known uses of this ASMR trigger. You will hear many content creators tapping on objects they are holding just to create the extra sounds.

Sounds from the nails are usually linked with tapping. Most women have long nails that they use to produce tingles. Scratching is among the powerful ASMR triggers.

Usually scratching is one of the most powerful triggers.

03. Blowing

Blowing, mostly into someone’s ear, gives them the feeling of the cool air brushing against their skin and also the sound that your mouth produces as you complete this task.

Moving from one ear to another helps to convey this trigger to the front for many people.

04. Personal Attention

Personal attention ASMR trigger also creates an extreme moment between yourself and the video maker. 

From the childhood memories of you visiting the dentist as well as being in a class with your teacher guiding you individually, those were the best-triggering circumstances.

That is what personal attention videos creators are trying to reconstruct. Some other popular personal attention situations are makeup tutorials, makeup roleplays as well as someone playing with your hair or having your ears brushed.

05.Physical touch

Most ASMR videos feature some type of physical touch. The most common use of physical touch in ASMR videos includes simulating hair playing or face touching.

If you have ever felt relaxed while getting a haircut or a simple doctor’s examination, you may have experienced this ASMR trigger. 

06. Light

Similar to hand movements, light ASMR focuses on visual stimuli. This trigger involves someone waving a gentle flashlight in front of the camera.

07. Page-turning

ASMR videos feature someone reading a book, with emphasis on the sounds made when turning a page. it consists mainly of people slowly flipping through books. For a lot of people, this ASMR trigger has a cozy feeling, like reading a good book by the fireplace.

Reading is a relaxing activity for many, and to watch and listen to someone else do it can bring about feelings of ASMR.ASMR videos feature someone moving his or her hands in front of the camera, and the visuals of this alone can trigger ASMR for many people.

08. Concentration

Watching someone concentrate on a task can be relaxing for many ASMR viewers. If this is a trigger for you there are many tutorial videos that have been made that will trigger your ASMR unintentionally.

A popular example of this is Bob Ross’ “The Joy of Painting”, which features artist Bob Ross softly speaking while painting beautiful landscapes.

09. Eating

Sounds associated with eating that can be triggers include chewing or slurping.

While many people are disgusted by watching people eat, others experience ASMR from it.

10. Roleplay

Many ASMR videos feature the creator roleplaying certain scenarios, such as a doctor’s visit, a haircut, or even a zombie apocalypse. 

11. Crinkling

Crinkle sounds are made by crumpling up different paper-like materials. Similarly to tapping, this sound has thousands of different varieties to cause tingles.

In fact, depending on the speed of the crinkles and the material that is crumpled up, thousands of different sounds can be produced. This trigger involves crinkling a variety of materials, including plastic wrappers, aluminum foil, or bubble wrap.

12. Massage

Everyone loves massages! However, getting a massage every day can get expensive. Massages are the ultimate relaxing activity.

Even if you can’t afford one on yourself, it can be relaxing to watch someone else give or receive a message, a trigger that combines personal attention, physical touch, and soft speaking.

ASMR is a relaxing way to unwind after a long day of work or to help you fall asleep before bed, and almost anyone can benefit from it. If you are unsure about which ASMR triggers you enjoy, you may try watching a trigger assortment video.