I recently met an Aspie (online, and then in person), and she told me that I am one, too.. I did some reading, and many of the traits seem to resonate with me, so it seems likely she's right.
I don't think I need a diagnosis, but have joined here to find others who may be in the same position and would then understand me.
I have worked with computers and moved into programming (to make computers and computer-controlled equipment, do useful things.
While I tended to get on with colleagues, I have had almost no friends outside work, and since I became self-employed, have little contact with others.
I have always found it difficult to start a conversation with people, but I do better, online. Sometimes I get on with someone and manage to meet them, later - I tend to contact people from abroad, and then try to meet them during my travels.
Most days I only talk to the cats that visit me. I have discovered cat cafes in recent years, and have visited 10, so far.. including in Prague, Bratislava, Vienna and Budapest.
Sometimes I haven't spoken to anybody for weeks, but communicate online most days.
Even with people I know, including my siblings, I prefer texts and emails to phone calls.
Cats and aspies must be a thing! I am a programmer too, also self employed, and when I work from home I have two big purring black sentinels,who sit one either side of me and keep me sane :-)
You must have them well trained....mine just lay on my keyboard.....enforced tea break!
one of mine likes to walk across my keyboard, and every time he does, it asks me if I want to turn Caret Browsing on. I have no idea what that even is, or which button does it, but the T-cat has it all figured out
Mine activated iTunes! AC/DC back in black! She’s a rock chick! Lol
Wow, that is way cooler than caret browsing :-) I am the rock chick in our family anyway (and biker chick too!) They are great cats though, big fluffy Maine Coons. So 'be more dog' applies but still with the cats-as-autistic dogs' traits. Lol!