I'm curious about this, as I was recently looking through a question titled, "Wrong Planet, What would an Aspergers' planet be like?" dealing with a society of individuals with Asperger syndrome.
Being on the autism spectrum is often described as a feeling of being on "The Wrong Planet" So I'm wondering what the right planet might be like...
For those that are unfamiliar:
- Social conventions aren't always obvious to the average person with Aspergers'
- Non-verbal communication is often difficult. (Making eye contact and recognizing facial expressions)
- Stimming is common.
- Sensory issues are also somewhat common. (sensitivity to lights, sounds, textures)
- There's some evidence of trouble with theory of mind
- Highly specialized areas of interest are a key feature.
I really liked some of the answers, especially the answer from user apaul. I got curious though, as no one seemed to have an idea of what romance would be like. Romance is, of course, important, as reproduction is important to keep a species alive and well. But in an Aspie society, how would the aspect of romance change?
Would it simply be person A saying and asking, "Hey I like you. Do you like me?" to person B? Which is efficient yes, but there is less feeling involved. I get it, we're bad at reading social cues and such, but we can still recognize the love of a mother, can't we? We're not completely devoid of all emotion, just bad at showing or seeing it. Wouldn't this make romance a bit harder if we took feelings into importance?
If we did, would it be more complicated than that? Like it is now?
What I mean by the above question: Take how romance is now, where you have to take a certain number of steps to get a relationship. As well as more steps to get said relationship to reach it's true potential, whether it be for romance or friendship. In an Aspie world, would it still be this complicated?