Why, though? - These Folks
Everything is relative. What might seem odd to you is actually just everyday life for someone else. Even places that seem like the end of the Earth to you are home to somebody.
If you need proof of this, take a look through any thread of autistic people discussing people who aren’t on the spectrum. In the autistic community, non-diagnosed people are known as neurotypicals or NTs — and the autistic community has a lot of questions about them. They recently gathered on Reddit to discuss all the NT activity that blows their minds.
Read on for some of the best examples.
The Minnesota long goodbye. Cultural norm in the Midwest, where you say bye, chit chat for a few minutes, take a few steps toward the door, chit chat for a few more minutes, repeat a few times, until the time it takes from saying “bye” to actually leaving is over 30 minutes. (mrawesomesword)
Most physical communication. Like when someone puts their hand on you when they talk to you, or leans on you when they laugh. It took me a very long time to not be freaked out when people touch me, and for me to realize that it helps communication if I occasionally touch people too.
I mean, I don’t have a problem with things like handshakes and hugs, but other stuff is weird. (jpterodactyl)
That thing where people will just start moving in some direction as a group without anyone knowing where they are going or why they are going in that direction. It creeps me out. (hubbahubbawubba)