What it's like to date when you're autistic

Real talk: Dating is confusing. Between decoding texts, figuring out if the person you’re into really likes you back or is just a flirt, and if the date is going to end with a kiss or an awkward hug — the subtleties are endless. And that’s on top of finding someone of substance who is actually worth your time in the first place.

Imagine dealing with all the stresses of dating and it being 10 times harder: You can’t read between the lines or pick up on subtext. Loud noises and bright lights freak you out, but you don’t know how to explain this to the guy you’ve been crushing on for 10 months who finally asked you to the movies. Oh, and you really don’t like it when people touch you. Welcome to the world of dating when you’re autistic.

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15th November 2017
Teen Vogue