3 ASMRtists to Listen to While Reading (or Studying)

Yes, I listen to ASMR. No, I’m not ashamed to admit it. (Well, mostly.)

Look, ASMR is a super popular phenomenon for something that many people find weird. ๐Ÿ˜‚ I admit, even I thought it was a bit kooky when I first heard about it… but at this point I’m pretty addicted. ๐Ÿ˜…

Now ASMR is my favorite thing to listen to while reading. ๐ŸŽงโœจ Especially because most of the time I’m reading while sitting on the couch beside my partner as she games, which can get pretty loud between the sounds of the game itself and her yelling at the TV (LOL). So my goal with this post is to give a little attention to the ASMRtists (YouTubers who specialize in ASMR-related content) that I find most appealing to play in the background while I read (or study, since it is back-to-school season). ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Before I get into all of that though, I should probably explain what ASMR is for those who’ve never heard of it…

What is ASMR?

ASMR – short for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response – is defined by Merriam-Webster as ‘the “tingly feeling” that travels from the head downward that some experience in response to certain sounds, feelings, or descriptions. These can include soft whispering, crinkling paper, or a gentle touch.’

Essentially, it’s just a relaxing sensation. So most ASMR-related content aims to calm, comfort and relax its viewers (listeners). Personally, I find it like elevated white noise. So, if you’re the type of person who prefers to have soft music playing or white noise going while you focus on tasks like reading (or studying!!!), then this post is for you! ๐Ÿฅฐ

Since I find it incredibly difficult to focus on multiple things at once (especially when I’m trying to really understand and remember what I’m currently working on), these recommendations are all NO TALKING videos, which means there just assortments of “tingly” sounds. (I also find the pure sounds more newbie-friendly for people who’ve never listened to ASMR before, so I thought recommending these ones would be best!)

1. ASMRMagic

ASMRMagic is The Queen of non-talking ASMR compilation videos. She’s my best study buddy FOR REAL. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ The one I’ve linked here is purely tapping (pretty much the most popular trigger) on different objects.

2. ASMR Zeitgeist

ASMR Zeitgeist is much more experimental with his triggers. He’s always pulling out something new and unique (and amazing)! His videos tend to have a variety of different types of sounds, so you can check them out and see which ones you personally like. (He also animates cute little eyes on all his microphones and its adorable. ๐Ÿฅบ)

3. Gentle Whispering ASMR

Gentle Whispering ASMR is pretty much the OG ASMRtist. She’s a Legend. (And for good reason.) All her videos are the epitome of soothing. Most of her videos include talking (i.e., gentle whispering…), but I linked below an inaudible whispering one – meaning that there is whispering in it, but it’s intentionally gibberish so that you don’t have to focus on what she’s saying. This one is probably going to be the oddest to hear of the bunch if you’ve never listened to any ASMR before, but it’s also the classic ASMR experience, so I thought it’d still be worth showcasing.

There are also many, many other ASMRtists out there who create lots of different (and quality!) content. ๐Ÿ’— So if you enjoy the videos I’ve linked above, you should definitely check more of them out! (And you can always ask for rec’s from me if you’d like!)

What do you listen to while reading?

Or do you prefer silence?

Let me know!

Liza is a twenty-something book blogger who spends way too much time with her nose in books and feels way too much. She loves cooking, baking, reality tv show watching and, of course, reading. She can be found most often with a cup of tea in one hand and a book in the other. Her blog, Literary Liza, features bookish content like reviews, recommendations, and author interviews.


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