Throughout Election Night, as MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki manically bopped around in front of a heat map, 10s of millions of Americans clenched their fists and jointly tried not to stroke out from stress and anxiety. The antidote to that: a 22- minute YouTube video of a lady pretending to brush your hair.
” I understand you’re feeling very nervous and extremely stressed while you’re waiting on the election results,” the female purrs in the video. “There’s absolutely nothing we can do now; we have actually done all we could. We voted. It’s simply a sort of waiting game now to see what occurs.” She then says the words most Americans, no matter political affiliation, wished to hear: “whatever the result of this, we will make it through it together.”
The video is “ ASMR Let me calm your #election night nerves,” by 41- year-old YouTuber MinxLaura123 ASMR. It’s one of a little cottage market of election-themed YouTube videos meant to assist in ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Reaction), a feeling that has been referred to as a tingling, unwinding sensation in the head, spine, and extremities. Though ASMR is a little-understood phenomenon, the existing research study does suggest that it can have some salutary results in dealing with anxiety or sleeping disorders– 2 conditions that w