Effects of regular engagement in autonomous sensory meridian response videos on general health and happiness

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Flynn, Shauna
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Higher Diploma in Arts in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This correlational study explores the association between regular engagement in ASMR videos and the general health, happiness and social connectedness of an individual. The aim was to begin a discussion of ASMR as a possible therapeutic tool. A sample of 83 participants who engage in ASMR and 39 participants who do not, were targeted by convenience and snowball sampling. Participants completed an online survey consisting of demographic questions regarding ASMR engagement, age and gender, along with the GHQ-12, SHS and SCS questionnaires. Participants accessed the survey through Facebook, Instagram and Reddit pages. After analysis, t-tests found no difference in GHQ, SHS and SCS scores between the groups. Linear regressions showed time spent watching ASMR is not a predictor for general health, happiness or social connectedness. The current findings contradict previous studies and therefore more research is necessary. New advances make an experimental design more feasible and should be considered.