Looking for harmony in these odd times with satisfying videos
In this busy stressful world, we truly crave for some zen, so the internet, and social media in particular, seems to be the first obvious source of distraction. You have already probably came across these weird/strange videos on Instagram or YouTube, like soap-cutting or paint-mixing videos, and you suddenly realize you spent 2 hours watching them. It is what they call satisfying videos.
The real phenomenon occurred all over the Internet in 2016, when slightly bizarre, however, surprisingly satisfying videos started gaining an enormous popularity on the web. The term "oddly satisfying" originates from Reddit, describing the overwhelming videos of quite mundane things, which can include everything from cutting kinetic sand, paint mixing to industrial ice cutting and melting things using a hot knife.
Similarly to ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response and corresponds to the particular feeling or tingle that some people may feel while watching videos with certain sounds and visuals, satisfying videos are also believed to help relieving stress.
BBC reported watching this kind of content is somewhat escapist, as it consists of simple sounds and physicality, it helps people to abstract from the real world problems.
The positive influence is even more remarkable on the younger ones, who are exposed to the internet from much earlier age and come across oddly satisfying experiences online, which tend to activate the mirror neurons which normally activate during a physical action, reports Dr Anita Deák.
Whether that be unexplainable magical success, or a scientifically proven human need, satisfying videos are now an integral part of the internet.
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