Autism dating online
Seven years of marriage and three kids later, Dave and I will still occasionally have a Facebook conversation when we’re both home together.He’ll write something sarcastic, knowing my autism means that I often interpret everything literally.Neurotypicals and people with autistic alike are turning to online dating sites to provide a safe environment to encounter a large number of people, increasing the likelihood of finding someone who has mutual attraction.Getting out in public for the purpose of meeting people can be especially difficult for those on the autism spectrum because of social anxieties. The unpredictability of public social contexts, say a bar or a club or some type of event or social gathering, can heighten the anxiety level of people with autism, who typically have a need for structured and controlled environments.And then I’ll take my time — a few minutes, not six days — before typing my comeback.It’s challenging these days to meet people and find someone suitable for a romantic relationship.I was too new to Facebook to understand how it worked.
Or, if I had to face him up close, maybe I would’ve said hello and left it at that, unless he asked a question like , which I would’ve said without ever thinking about how I actually felt.
I sat that way for a few seconds, and then closed the window on my computer because I couldn’t decide what to do.
The question was from Dave, a guy I barely knew and hadn’t spoken to in 13 years, since our high-school graduation.
And so we relied on Facebook, Skype, and the occasional phone call, my least preferred method of communication (my audio processing problems make it difficult for me to talk on the phone because I have trouble distinguishing voices from other sounds).
While I was living alone abroad, Dave and I met up in romantic cities halfway between us, like Paris and Prague.