Self-medicate your anxiety in these digital ambience rooms | Boing Boing

Ambience videos are a YouTube genre that plays peaceful soundscapes against an animated backdrop, like a haunted Victorian manor or an elf coffee shop or a stranger’s living room. They’re created for the sole purpose of “soothing,” which differs from ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian reaction) videos that are meant to titillate you with sounds of whispers, and hair brushing and nail tapping. NY Times interviewed the people who “self-medicate” by immersing themselves in these digital environments. 

For Sam Ali, a 27-year-old who lives in Ottawa, ambience videos have been a key tool for managing anxiety levels that have been “through the roof” since last March. A book blogger, Ms. Ali likes to throw on an ambience video when she’s settling down to …

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