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Cyberpsychol Behav Soc Netw. 2019 Apr 2. doi: 10.1089/cyber.2018.0607. [Epub ahead of print]

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

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1 Department of Psychology, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.
2 Department of Psychology, Centre for Applied Autism Research, University of Bath, Bath, United Kingdom.


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.


autism spectrum disorder; online dating; self-presentation


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