Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response

Also known as a braingasm or brain orgasm, ASMR is experiencing a feeling of well-being combined with a tingling sensation in the scalp and down the back of the neck, in response to a specific gentle stimulus, usually a particular sound, whispering voices, paper tearing, or scalp massage.

It’s an online abbreviation used in texting, instant messaging, email, blogs, newsgroups and social media postings.

Historical perspective: The term ASMR was coined in 2010, but the audio and visual-induced sensation has always existed. If you've ever experienced that cringe-worthy feeling you get when you hear nails on a chalkboard, ASMR is the opposite. It's the chills you get when you hear a beautiful voice singing or the prickly sensation when you hear or see something soothing, without having to physically touch it.

For the largest list of Internet acronyms and text message jargon, click on "more info" below!

NetLingo Classification: Acronyms and Text Message

See more information about this term