I've only recently become familiar with the concept of ASMR videos. Before that, my YouTube experience mostly consisted of Mark Morrison and sneaker lacing tutorials.
Also known as Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, ASMR is essentially an experience that gives your body a sensation typically through a tandem of audio and visual stimulation — more commonly done via YouTube videos.
Here's an example:
Not being one with a sweet tooth, cakes really don't do it for me. However, I discovered something else equally effective.
Being lactose intolerant, I find the macaroni and cheese making process incredibly appealing. Though my body rejects dairy like a half-hearted prom proposal, my eyes and ears are drawn to the process of combining noodle to cheese and the sensation that comes from hearing them slow dance in a stainless steel gymnasium.
YouTube, however, can be a mixed bag when I'm searching for recipes. Some days, I don't want to hear someone talking — just the soothing sounds of mac and cheese creation.
Below are some of the best mac and cheese recipes and interactions that feature limited to ZERO dialogue. All you pretty much hear is the tranquil soundtrack of macaroni and cheese coming to be.
God, look at all that cheese.
Soft whispers are cool too, just as long as you're not shouting your recipe. Why is everybody shouting on the Internet these days?
Now, I can actually take or leave the eating parts of these videos. Seeing someone eat food that I can't taste myself doesn't appeal to me whether you're male or female. Probably why I'll never get into mukbang. Still, I can respect someone crushing an entire tray of macaroni and cheese for video content.
Finally, you can't go wrong with Kraft Mac. A lifetime ago, before the intolerance kicked in, Kraft Mac and Cheese was a third of my college diet. How I miss it.
Next time you have a stressful day, I highly recommend looking up some ASMR videos of your favorite foods. Macaroni and cheese isn't for everyone, but there are literally hundreds of other ASMR recipe videos on the Internet that will send tingles down your spine.