Oddly satisfying videos

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"Oddly satisfying" is a genre of internet video clips that portray repetitive events or actions that viewers find satisfying. Typical subjects include materials (wood, foam, etc., and in particular slime[1]) being manipulated (carved, smoothed, dissolved, etc.), domino shows, or parlor tricks.[2]

The trend emerged in the 2010s on the Internet forum Reddit, whose "/r/oddlysatisfying" subreddit was established in 2013 and, as of 2019, had 2.6 million subscribers. Oddly satisfying videos are now widespread on online video platforms such as YouTube and Instagram.[2] Irish researchers found in 2019 that videos "whose appeal seemed to be related to their sensory or tactile nature", particularly videos involving slime, were popular among children.[3] Advertising also uses the appeal of oddly satisfying videos.[1]

The appeal of oddly satisfying videos is thought to lie in the human mind's preference for symmetry, patterns and repetition; or in an innate human interest in exploring the behavior of materials,[2] or in hand movements.[1] It may be related to the autonomous sensory meridian response, a pleasing, tingling sensation.[2][1] Evan Malone, a professor of art and film philosophy, theorized that the appeal of oddly satisfying videos may lie in their portrayal of everyday experiences as cinematic and, in Baudrillard's words, "hyper-real".[1] The effect of watching such videos has been described as a "brain massage" or "lightly hypnotizing",[2] and as a form of psychological self-care to help overcome stress or anxiety.[2][1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Faramarzi, Sabrina (11 April 2018). "The odd psychology behind oddly satisfying slime videos". Wired UK. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Matchar, Emily (22 February 2019). "Finding What's 'Oddly Satisfying' on the Internet". The New York Times. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Modern children spurn TV to watch 'oddly satisfying' videos of slime – report". Irish Examiner. 29 January 2019. Retrieved 24 February 2019.

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