Squishy, Slimey, Satisfying
The world of oddly satisfying videos encompass anything that visually stimulates viewers. Oddly satisfying videos started on Reddit, where users would repost videos that they found online in r/oddlysatisfying. These videos were relatively mundane in nature: domino tricks, pressure washing, balloons popping, etc. However, there was something mesmerizing about all these clips. The dominos would collapse onto each other in a smooth succession. The pressure washer would leave behind a clean section with perfectly straight edges. The balloon would pop in slow motion, revealing what the naked eye is usually too slow to see. These videos were almost surreal.
As oddly satisfying videos gained more attention, more people wanted to participate. Most of the previous videos were oddly satisfying by chance, but people, specifically young teens, wanted to create things that were intentionally oddly satisfying. That’s when slime happened.
Slime was just a science experiment where mommy Youtube channels mixed together Elmer’s glue and borax to make a DIY toy with their kids. But somehow, slime took over the world. Videos of slime on white tables being poked and pulled were getting millions of views and every kid wanted them. Heck, I wanted some, despite being an 18 year old about to graduate high school. Scrolling through my Instagram explore page, which was just abundant with slime and soap cutting videos , became my new bedtime routine. I had already been watching ASMR videos on Youtube for years at that point to help me fall asleep, however, slime videos were a whole new thing. It had the visual stimulation of early oddly satisfying videos, reminiscent of cake glazing videos . But it also had the audio qualities that triggers ASMR, with sticky poking and popping sounds.
People of all ages continue to try to innovate the oddly satisfying video genre. Slime is constantly evolving as tweens try to make more variations of slime: floam slime , butter slime , clear slime , etc. Adults are also taking advantage of the oddly satisfying trend. Following in the footsteps of the dermatologists who started to share clips of aspects of their mundane jobs that could be considered oddly satisfying, other working adults started turning their everyday job into internet sensations. Hence, videos of ice cream rolling and hydraulic pressing started going viral.