The internet, as we know, is like everything else in life – it has both positive and negative aspects.
Good things are happening, from connecting people to loved ones during a pandemic, to giving young people access to educational material in countries where it is not available, to showing the face of political uprising in some countries where journalists can be thrown in jail or visas not issued. And these are just a few basic examples.
But the Internet can also be a bad thing. Phishing can allow those who practice this fraudulent scheme to present themselves as trustworthy organizations and in doing so steal your personal data, financial information and metadata can land on the dark web and from there , they can go anywhere to anyone who can. All they want.
However, what is needed most is a balance between using the internet and knowing the technology as it evolves.
Some will ask: why bother with the internet and the therapeutic tools it offers? Here’s why: The Internet (not code) isn’t binary like everything else. You have to operate with a modicum of awareness, like protecting your data by changing your passwords every month (as a former FBI director explained), but in addition to being careful, you’ll find that some of the things more impressive ones are made by people all over the world. It may even inspire and influence you in ways you cannot yet calculate.
“Go to sleep now, darling
I’ll try to ward off the bad dreams
Breathe now, breathe easier
And I’ll think of all the good things to say. – ‘My Darling’ by Wilco
Finding soothing podcasts and apps dedicated to education, language, grammar, games, coding, and mindfulness has never been easier than it is today. Among these therapeutic learnings is something called ASMR that is taking the world by storm.
Understanding where ASMR comes from is something fundamental that you may not even need to know in detail. You might be wondering what’s going on?
ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, is not based on any scientific research. What it refers to is the sensation it creates. It started with sounds, whispers and music you might hear at your dentist’s clinic. But since then it has evolved into so much more.
Millions of people around the world experience this sensation as a world of soothing and relaxing content. And that’s where YouTube comes in. Search for “ASMR Videos” and you will discover artisanal restoration. It’s also a tutorial on what not to do if a designer bag you’ve been saving up and using for years comes undone. The same goes for shoes and in particular the growing interest in sneakers. It’s not still something you can try at home because to make these restorations or creations there are specific tools used by experts who make these videos. How to design an architecturally and aesthetically safe staircase – just search ASMR. The subject can be as simple as cleaning the sole of a shoe or cleaning a car that seems to date from a time when the World Wide Web did not exist. As well as arousing admiration for the amount of work that many ASMR videos actually go into – where someone will detail an entire process of restoring something that can be expensive like a classic car – it can create a feeling that will help you during sleepless days or a long and overwhelming day. There’s an ASMR video for just about everything from bookbinding, to creating your own sketchbook, to cleaning different types of wood, to cleaning furniture, and the list goes on and on.
However, as this new fad takes over the internet, do not attempt such things at home as the tools used should only be used by an expert.
The point of ASMR is not to use the tools in many cases, but to let the video overwhelm you and the feeling it creates, almost like hypnosis but not quite. Just watching a pair of sneakers completely fall apart and watching an ASMR video bring it back to its former glory is a lot of fun. As an insomniac, I swear by its appeal, so indulging in these videos is worthwhile, especially after – as the Beatles sang – a hard day at night.