On Friday’s “Pat & Stu,” Pat Gray, Stu Burguiere and Jeffy Fisher talked about a strange YouTube phenomenon: sensory videos of people brushing hair and whispering.
While it’s far from everyone’s cup of tea, some people report a pleasant tingling sensation through the scalp and spine in response to certain sounds. YouTube has spawned a subculture where people speak in soothing voices and otherwise try to elicit what’s known as an autonomous sensory meridian response. Videos of people whispering, brushing hair and crinkling paper can get views in the millions.
While Stu and Jeffy didn’t seem to know what to make of the peculiar YouTube subculture, Pat had a definite take:
“This is bizarre,” he said. “What is wrong with people?”
Pat jokingly wondered if God will draw the line now that people are giving these videos millions of views.
“Is he proud, or is he about to send down fire and brimstone? Like, ‘They’ve gotten way weirder. … I’m done with this. I was willing to put up with a lot, but not this hair brushing and whispering thing.’”