Request Pending

Hosted BySara Schleede

Where do we go to find comfort and a sense of community online? And what do these digital spaces say about our lives offline? Request Pending dives into some of the most popular — and some of the most niche — corners of the internet.

The comforts of ASMR

ASMR? Is that when people eat with their mouths open on YouTube? Sometimes, but not really. ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, is the euphoric sensation that arises from certain relaxing sounds or visuals, and an entire online world has risen from it. Viewers and creators use ASMR to relieve anxiety, fall asleep and feel a sense of community, while facing stigma and misunderstanding from others who don’t experience the sensation.

Featuring ASMR creations from Gentle Whispering ASMR, Goodnight Moon, Bluewhisper, Massage ASMR, Behind the Moons, LovelyVirus and Equal ASMR.

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About the Author
Sara Schleede is an audio director with The Drag and host of the '35' and 'Request Pending' podcasts.