Turn on, tune in, zone out: The pleasures and phenomena of half listening.
“A pleasurable headache.” “A bristling feeling as if a bug flew past my ear.” “That tickly feeling you get in your stomach when you drive over hills.”
Since the term Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) was coined six years ago, millions of devotees have struggled to describe the satisfaction they experience when listening to certain types of soothing sounds and voices.
Words:Harriet Fitch Little
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