Social awkwardness

April 8, 2012

I’m interested in the increased diagnosis of autism, especially when there’s talk about how some of it has to do with “social awkwardness.”  Without getting into the difficulties of people and their families who struggle with more severe manifestations of being on the autism spectrum, I just wanted to make the point that if enough people are deemed socially awkward, maybe our standards for social interaction will change and we will figure out ways to interact that more people can navigate — might be salutary for all of us.  There are plenty of socially acceptable behavioral practices that I personally think could well be scrapped.  If increased autism diagnoses or increased numbers of socially awkward people get us there, that would be an interesting outcome — might even shed some light on why we’re getting the increases:  maybe mainstream society is due for a correction, kind of like the stock market goes through periodically.

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