Some things in life can best be described as “oddly satisfying”. Bursting bubble-wrap, for instance. Or crunching dried leaves under your feet. Or pushing paper through a shredder.
You can’t put your finger on why this is such a pleasing sight for your brain. But it is, right?
With photos, videos, GIFs, and audio, the internet is full of such oddly satisfying artifacts. Some people create them, others curate them. No matter what, it’s amazing.
1. /r/OddlySatisfying (Web)
As with many things on the web, Reddit is spearheading the Oddly Satisfying movement, with an entire sub-Reddit dedicated to it. It’s a collection of anything that gives you this indescribable feeling.
The community is very active, with several new posts being uploaded every day. It can be a simple description of something you found oddly satisfying, or a wonderful GIF that everyone can see.
As usual, we recommend you check out our awesome guide to Reddit so you know how to navigate the forum and make the most of it.
2. Oddly Satisfying GIFs (Web)
GIFs are the language of the internet, and there is nothing like a good GIF to show what “Oddly Satisfying” looks like. And you can see the best of them on Giphy.
Giphy hosts one of the biggest GIF collections on the web. Over the years, people have uploaded 130 animated images that can be classified as oddly satisfying.
3. Crafty Slime Creator (Instagram)
Instagram has a tiny movement of creators who call themselves “slimers” — people who make their own homemade goo and play around with it. Who would have thought these videos would be so mesmerizing?
Alyssa, who goes by the handle Crafty Slime Creator, is one of the most popular slimers on the social network. She kneads and prods multicolored gobs of slime, and records all of it.
Perhaps it’s the memory of playing with play-doh. Perhaps it’s something more erotic. Whatever it is, her channel will quickly become your favorite way to tingle your brain’s pleasure center regularly.
4. Hevesh5’s Dominos (YouTube)
There’s something beautiful about seeing a large creation of dominoes toppling over in perfect order. It’s a harmonious scene, accentuated by the smooth clicks of each tile hitting the next. “Oddly satisfying” at its best.
Hevesh5 is a YouTube star, who creates domino structures out of as many as 50,000 tiles! These are mammoth creations, although sometimes she takes it easy and uses “only” 3,000 tiles.
The colosseum and the double spiral are my favorites, but there are so many more. She adds a new video every week, so you’re guaranteed a new brain-pleaser every seven days.
5. YouTube’s ASMR Stars
The internet is in love with ASMR, or autonomous sensory meridian response. It’s a “physical sensation of tingling that often begins in the scalp and moves down through the spine and sometimes to the limbs.” And you’ll find plenty of ASMR creators on YouTube.
This isn’t a single recommendation, but if I had to make one, it would be Gentle Whispering ASMR. She is regarded by many as the best ASMR artist on the web. You’ll love her voice, the way she taps on objects, and the way her videos are constructed.
Another ASMR artist that geeks will love is ASMRequests. You should especially check out her ASMR science fiction series, Departed. It’s only two episodes, but it’s quite something.
What’s Your “Oddly Satisfying” Experience?
What have you found to be oddly satisfying? We’ve already covered bursting bubble wrap and walking on dried leaves, so tell us something new!
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