Saturday, July 20, 2024

4th of July open thread — Ask a Supervisor

I used to be saving this for a weekend thread, however this submit is likely to be round for some time, so I’ll submit right here.

I’ve two YouTube channels. The primary is a normal cooking channel the place I do recipes. I’ve about 430 subscribers. The second is the place I speak about pencils, pens, guide typewriters, and zines. I’ve precisely 20 subscribers.

The odd factor is that I’ve the identical quantity of interplay with subscribers on each channels. Roughly the identical variety of feedback, replies, likes, and so forth.

Once I pointed this out to a buddy, they mentioned that this appeared regular to them as a result of my second channel is extra “spectrummy” (their phrase) than the primary one. I wasn’t certain what they meant, and so they mentioned that it’s like how individuals on the autism spectrum or individuals with Asperger’s can actually get into one thing (i.e., trains) and get keen about it. They added that lots of these 20 subscribers are most likely, however not positively, someplace on the spectrum. (If I might add a picture, it could be me with a WTF? look on my face.)

And now I’ve two questions.

First, I do know that second channel may be very area of interest. I’m shocked that I’ve any subscribers, to be sincere. However are individuals now utilizing the phrase “spectrummy” to imply “area of interest”?

Second, is the trains instance truly a factor with autistic individuals, or is that this simply an concept that the films have foisted on us? Are picket pencils particularly engaging to individuals on the spectrum? Is that this even a factor? I do not know. Are individuals who like pens and pencils and typewriters simply…individuals, some on the spectrum and a few not? (I do know precisely one individual with Asperger’s and he and I’ve the identical fondness for smooth-writing pens. However I do know lots of people with out Asperger’s who like smooth-writing pens.)

(And FWIW, I’ve had a couple of buddies recommend that I could also be on the spectrum as a result of I like “area of interest” issues. There are different indicators, which they’ve additionally identified, and which truly make sense. I’ve thought of getting examined, but it surely’s by no means bothered me sufficient that I’ve taken that step. I believe I’m doing okay.)

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