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It is also likely that people on the autistic spectrum have had numerous experiences in social settings that have left them disappointed and less than hopeful about meeting someone who understands their particular behaviors and can still relate in a meaningful way.
And beyond this, the challenge of meeting someone who desires a deeper connection with them that would involve physical interest and a commitment seems quite elusive.
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.
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It’s challenging these days to meet people and find someone suitable for a romantic relationship.
There has been a huge gap in the online dating community.
Until recently, the autism community has been under-represented in a world full of websites like e Harmony and OKCupid or specialty sites like J-Date and My Lovely Parent (the dating site for older, single parents). Olivia Cantu and her mother, Kristen Fitzpatrick, noticed there was something missing from the world of online dating: a site built by people who are on the spectrum people on the spectrum.
Both Cantu and her mother, who is still married to her dad, have Spectrum Singles accounts of their own, but are only "there for friendship." The stars and writers of the skits, Michael Mc Creary and Olivia Goudreault, are both on the autism spectrum as well.
Cantu said she and her mother find it important to work with people on the spectrum, both for the sake of understanding one another and to "help put their outstanding work out there for everyone to see." Spectrum Singles is young, but Cantu said they are already seeing members meet in person and begin to warm up to one another.
He has a very limited social life but is so wanting to find a girlfriend and has been joining various well known dating agencies online ( and spending quite a bit of money to do it ) but he is finding it hard to accept that his aspergers may put people off .