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If crackles, scratches, pops, snaps, taps, whispers and other auditory (or visual) stimuli make you feel tingly or relaxed, or have any other euphoric reaction, you are sensitive to ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response, experiences. Extra-personal attention from others can also elicit what is often described as a tingling sensation that travels from the scalp down the spine or to the limbs and brings about a feeling of wellness. Also, more recently, and perhaps accurately, known as AIHO (attention-induced head orgasm) or AIE (attention-induced euphoria), when it comes to ASMR, if you know, then you know.

This global phenomenon is fundamentally non-sexual. Videos and podcasts made to trigger an ASMR abound online and have garnered tens of millions of views and listens. For some, this involuntary body and brain reaction can decrease anxiety and help with sleeping issues. However, for others, the arousal is real. It stands to reason that the 2.0 would evolve to include erotic ASMR.

It’s simple, really. If certain sounds, sensations and visual cues get you tingling or experiencing what some refer a ‘braingasm’, using those triggers as a turn on in a sensual or sexual encounter makes sense. If you derive pleasure from it, whether the sound of water running, whispering, ironing (yes, really), crunchy or slurpy eating sounds, someone brushing your hair slowly and methodically, or watching someone else’s hair getting brushed, whatever does it for you, incorporate this audio or visual sex into your box of carnal bliss tricks, whether with a partner – who may have their own sexual ASMR prompts – or when masturbating or partaking in online sex. It is another way to heighten the intensity of your orgasms and enjoy a healthy, well-rounded intimate life.