Does being old-fashioned help you with your social skills?

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10 Jun 2019, 9:08 am

Even NT millennials have terrible social skills. I find that living like I'm 40 or 50 has helped me a lot. I do use the Internet a lot, but not enough that it's my entire life, and I watch less TV in a week than many people do in a day. I talk a lot about weekend plans, what I've done and asking what other people have done over a week, work, personal life and goals, and the weather; most young people seem to talk about sports, dating, parties, and TV.

Do any other young Aspies act older than they are and find that it helps with social skills?


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10 Jun 2019, 5:11 pm

I am one of the youngest members of many of the groups I'm in. They don't seem to think I'm strange at all. They consider me intelligent and listen to what I have to say. On the other hand, I have had people younger than me treat me as if I am somehow less than they are.

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10 Jun 2019, 6:30 pm

I don't think being old-fashioned helps with your social skills if you're talking to people who aren't old-fashioned, the same way that speaking Japanese isn't going to help you communicate better with someone who doesn't speak Japanese.

I think being adaptable helps more with social skills, and I think being old-fashioned is kinda the opposite


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11 Jun 2019, 11:57 am

Not IMHO. I don't think people understand my vocabulary, and I'm totally lost regarding most topics familiar to youth.

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11 Jun 2019, 2:20 pm

When I was in my twenties, all my best friends were 10 to 20 years older than me.

In general I think joining groups of people who share one's interests, and where the majority of people are older, is probably a good strategy for young autistic people. There's no good reason to limit oneself to age-"peers".

Being old-fashioned doesn't necessarily improve social skills, but older people are more likely to forgive a lack of social skills in younger people.

- Finally diagnosed with ASD in May 2019, after having suspected it for over ten years, and after having deeply explored the autism community for over one year while waiting for and obtaining diagnosis.
- In longterm relationship with boyfriend who was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome in 2001.
- Long history of participation in various oddball subcultures.
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