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New research suggests that screen-time can actually be good for our mental health as TikTok experiences a 'satisfying content boom'. Millions are spending their time online watching videos which have been scientifically proven to have a calming effect.
After listing the top 25 most-followed accounts on TikTok, we've done some digging and now bring you the six most-satisfying trends to look out for on the app.
TikTokers aren't just using the app to find life hacks or complete dance challenges. Research has shown that videos which are deemed "satisfying" or soothing to watch are also racking up millions of views.
Whether it's watching kinetic sand moving or watching somebody jet washing a dirty surface clean, TikTok users are also using the app to restore a sense of peace and calm into their lives.
Based on views and engagement, these are the top six TikTok trends which fall under the bracket of #oddlysatisfying, which has been viewed more than 45.5 billion times.
TikTok user @colorinthelines has got thousands of people engrossed in their satisfying colouring in videos. In the example below, they transport viewers back to childhood as they fill in a Winnie-the-Pooh colouring.
The video has been watched more than 490,000 times and received more than 3,400 likes.
One user commented: "I've been watching these [videos] for that last 20 minutes help me." It's easily done when they're so satisfying to watch.
Autonomous sensory meridian response - or ASMR for short - is a feeling of wellbeing and sometimes a scalp-tingling sensation we get from a gentle stimulus, such as a sound like whispering voices, paper tearing or a scalp massage. It can also come from visual stimuli too.
If you don't know what we mean by 'scalp-tingling,' this video of a woman squirting liquid candy onto some bubble wrap is sure to do it.
The video has had more than 19,000 views, with lots saying how much they loved watching this oddly satisfying video and requesting for other things to be poured over the bubble wrap.
We all feel that sense of satisfaction when something really grubby gets a jet wash and comes up sparkling clean.
This video below of somebody jet washing a shed in a symmetrical pattern and making it come up squeaky clean has racked up more than 13,000 views.
The video is tagged #powerwashingporn, which has seen more than 9.3 million views on the app.
Slime is a great sensory toy for kids - but it's also a satisfying thing to watch for adults on TikTok.
In the video below, a TikTok user films her hand going in and out of a bowl of fluorescent slime. The colour, the texture, just everything about the slime in this video has got us in a trance.
Another #oddlysatisfying trend is watching things being crushed by a hydraulic press.
This video below has been watched more than 2.8 million times.
Finally, watching kinetic sand can be just as satisfying as playing with it. Videos tagged #kineticsand have been viewed more than 2.5 billion times.
The video below has racked up more than 5.4 million views.
Watch as blocks of kinetic sand are crushed and mashed through a potato masher. You'll be feeling more zen in no time.
Why do we find these things so satisfying to watch?
"The satisfying videos are so predictable, which your brain positively recognises as a reward, signalling high levels of dopamine, a chemical release that lowers the heart rate and allows the viewer to enter a state of relaxation," said Dr Craig Richards, Ph.D. Shenandoah University.
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