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N1YTR0  posted on Oct 24, 2010 9:19:54 PM - Report post

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"A global fundraiser for Autism. Can you get by without Facebook or Twitter, just for one day? Join the shutdown to raise funds and awareness for Autism in your country."

I've heard that this is only for FB and Twitter, others have said its all computer communication (which is 95% of using a computer at all) and i've also heard that its ANY communication other than physical.
"It's a global initiative to raise much-needed funds for autism groups in over 40 countries. By shutting down social networks for one day on November 1, we hope to encourage a greater understanding of people with autism who find social communication a challenge."

Anyone gonna do it?

Social networks.. Comes across to me computer-targeted, but walking through westfields yesterday i heard it being announced and i heard them say "No texting"..

 
JesiahCarver  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:06:41 AM - Report post

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Works for me. It's a good excuse to ignore my friends. lol

Not to mention, Facebook and Twitter is evil.

[Edited by JesiahCarver, 10/25/2010 4:07:33 AM]

 
QueenNic  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:13:42 AM - Report post

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I don't see what this will actually achieve, since Facebook and Twitter make talking to people easier. Avoiding people IRL would be a greater representation.

That being said, I'm not taking part. I have enough trouble with my social skills, I don't need to make them worse just to empathise that tiny bit more.

 
JesiahCarver  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:16:43 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

I don't see what this will actually achieve, since Facebook and Twitter make talking to people easier. Avoiding people IRL would be a greater representation.

That being said, I'm not taking part. I have enough trouble with my social skills, I don't need to make them worse just to empathise that tiny bit more.

I think that's the point since it makes things 'easier'. I think most of us on here avoid people irl enough as it is. *grins*

 
QueenNic  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:23:50 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by JesiahCarver

quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

I don't see what this will actually achieve, since Facebook and Twitter make talking to people easier. Avoiding people IRL would be a greater representation.

That being said, I'm not taking part. I have enough trouble with my social skills, I don't need to make them worse just to empathise that tiny bit more.

I think that's the point since it makes things 'easier'. I think most of us on here avoid people irl enough as it is. *grins*

Some, not all.

My point is, Facebook etc are not true social interaction, and those I've know with autism coped perfectly fine online past a certain age. Taking away Facebook means the majority, extroverts, will go out and continue to socialise normally while the minority, introverts, will suffer more. This means that only the introverts will be empathising, when they can empathise anyway.

 
JesiahCarver  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:27:52 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

quote:
originally posted by JesiahCarver

quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

I don't see what this will actually achieve, since Facebook and Twitter make talking to people easier. Avoiding people IRL would be a greater representation.

That being said, I'm not taking part. I have enough trouble with my social skills, I don't need to make them worse just to empathise that tiny bit more.

I think that's the point since it makes things 'easier'. I think most of us on here avoid people irl enough as it is. *grins*

Some, not all.

My point is, Facebook etc are not true social interaction, and those I've know with autism coped perfectly fine online past a certain age. Taking away Facebook means the majority, extroverts, will go out and continue to socialise normally while the minority, introverts, will suffer more. This means that only the introverts will be empathising, when they can empathise anyway.

Perhaps, but I still find it a good excuse to have some peace and quiet if it actually does involve texting and such.

 
QueenNic  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:34:50 AM - Report post

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You know, if you want peace and quiet you can always just turn off your phone, not log on and go read a book
 
xxjjrockerxx  posted on Oct 25, 2010 4:59:55 AM - Report post

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quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

quote:
originally posted by JesiahCarver

quote:
originally posted by Nic_Durron

I don't see what this will actually achieve, since Facebook and Twitter make talking to people easier. Avoiding people IRL would be a greater representation.

That being said, I'm not taking part. I have enough trouble with my social skills, I don't need to make them worse just to empathise that tiny bit more.

I think that's the point since it makes things 'easier'. I think most of us on here avoid people irl enough as it is. *grins*

Some, not all.

My point is, Facebook etc are not true social interaction, and those I've know with autism coped perfectly fine online past a certain age. Taking away Facebook means the majority, extroverts, will go out and continue to socialise normally while the minority, introverts, will suffer more. This means that only the introverts will be empathising, when they can empathise anyway.

I can see this problem too.

On one hand, one of my closest friends is autistic, noticeably so, but he's one of the most sociable people I know. He might not understand certain human notions like sarcasm but it doesn't stop him from interacting with other people. For him, it would make no difference at all.
But for people like me, who can barely function in a normal conversation with someone they're not completely comfortable with, it's like cutting off a lifeline. I talk to some people online more than I do in real life. Cutting off that communication means I'd be shutting myself away from the rest of the world entirely.

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