Slime: if you have a child of a certain age, you’re probably well aware of it.
But it’s not just playing with it kids are into – they’re loving watching videos of people playing with it too.
A quick Google of ‘slime ASMR’ brought up more than 5.5 million results ? ….here are the top searches:
What are ASMR slime videos?
ASMR stands for ‘autonomous sensory meridian response’ – and is generally thought to be a tingling sensation that starts in the scalp and back of the neck and moves through the body to give a relaxing feeling.
Slime ASMR videos include the popping of slime, as well as the swirling and cracking of it that’s meant to give people this ASMR.
A mum on the MFM team has an 8-year-old daughter who is obsessed with slime, and with watching ASMR slime videos. She told us this:
“It’s a satisfying moment – I like people popping the slime, cracking it and swirling it.
“It just makes me feel really, really relaxed and satisfied, and like I just want to lay down and sleep.”
We found a research article on PubMed, where the the authors acknowledged that ASMR has only recently become a research project. They wrote:
“We have provided the first investigation into the phenomenon of autonomic sensory meridian response (ASMR). ASMR can be induced, in those who are susceptible, by a fairly consistent set of triggers.
“Given the reported benefits of ASMR in improving mood and pain symptoms, we suggest that ASMR warrants further investigation as a potential therapeutic measure similar to that of meditation and mindfulness.”
In a nutshell – judging by what people say about ASMR there definitely seems to be something in it that makes them feel relaxed and satisfied – but more research into how exactly that works will need to be done for us to be 100% sure what’s going on.
What do you think?
Are your children into slime yet? Do they watch the ASMR slime videos too? What do you make of it all? Tell us in the comments below or over on Facebook