ASMR explained: Role play videos as a form of touching with the eyes and the ears

Authors

  • Helle Breth Klausen Aarhus University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i9.11691

Keywords:

ASMR, role play videos, YouTube, interpersonal, viewer-listener, haptic audio-visuality

Abstract

In this paper, I introduce and discuss technologically-mediated ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) in the form of role play videos. I suggest using haptic audio-visuality as a theoretical elaboration to describe a form of touching with the eyes and the ears through interpersonal triggers, direct address and directional touching. And I present ASMR role play videos as a category that can be viewed as both a shared pleasure and a personal experience. Despite its mediated — body-to-screen rather than body-to-body — and one-way format, research suggests that ASMR can be regarded as an intimate, present and interpersonal experience. ASMR has succeeded in integrating the viewer-listeners’ physical reality with virtuality and creating a perception of presence. What is missing, however, is a more in-depth exploration of how this perception of presence is created through the performative construction of a particular kind of attuned, imaginative and interactive viewer-listener within ASMR role play videos. This is what I intend to explore in this paper.

Author Biography

Helle Breth Klausen, Aarhus University

Ph.D. Fellow at the Department of Media and Journalism Studies at Aarhus University in Denmark

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Published

2021-08-19

How to Cite

Klausen, H. B. (2021). ASMR explained: Role play videos as a form of touching with the eyes and the ears. First Monday, 26(9). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i9.11691