[wpsm_dropcap]T[/wpsm_dropcap]oday in weird sh*t going down on the internet: the slimer movement.
Buzzfeed first reported of this phenomenon of a bunch of tweens – who call themselves slimers – sharing videos of themselves poking, stretching, and making slime.
Slimers have amassed viral content on the internet with billions of views in watch-time meaning millions of dollars in, well, slime. The trend appears to be part of the ASMR (Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response) community – where specific visuals and sounds are used to soothe people and send tingles down their spine.
Slimers have already taken over Instagram:
But why are slime videos attracting so much attention? Well it’s somehow satisfying.
WHY DO PEOPLE MAKE SLIME CONTENT?
Slime is a business. Slimers have amassed hundreds of thousands of followers and sell their slime on sites like Etsy.
Alyssa J., a 15-year-old slime creator, starter her slime account in August 2016. Alyssa’s Instagram account, @craftyslimecreator, now has over 650,000 followers.
Alyssa says she spends more than 20 hours a week making slime in her room. She uploads 3 videos a day and all of them need to be new slime. “The only reason I sell slime is so I can make more slime,” Alyssa says.
Some slimers sell their slime for pretty good money: 13-year-old Theresa Nguyen — who has about the same number of followers as Alyssa on Instagram, — told Money magazine that she’s making about $3,000 a month.
What do you think about the slime craze?
Here’s a YouTube channel in case you actually liked this sh*t.