Shy Geek, Likes Music, Technology, and Gaming: An Examination of Autistic Males’ Online Dating Profiles

Jeffrey Gavin, Daisie Rees-Evans, Mark Brosnan

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Abstract

Dating involves a range of complex social skills that autistic adults can often find challenging. Many autistic adults have turned to online dating, which in theory may ameliorate these social difficulties. The aim of this study was to explore, for the first time, how autistic males describe themselves in online dating profiles. The online dating profiles of 52 self-identified autistic males were analyzed using a combination of frequency and thematic analyses. A common pattern of self-description was identified, involving a combination of both desirable and undesirable characteristics. Themes included interests, negative descriptions of personality, ideal match, and autism. Findings are discussed in terms of desirability, the norms of online dating, and the benefits and costs of computer-mediated communication for autistic male online daters.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)344-348
Number of pages5
JournalCyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking
Volume22
Issue number5
Early online date2 Apr 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2019

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