Computer-mediated communication in adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders and controls

Christine van der Aa, Monique Pollmann, Aske Plaat, Rutger Jan van der Gaag

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Abstract

It has been suggested that people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are attracted to computer-mediated communication (CMC). In this study, we compare CMC use in adults with high-functioning ASD (N = 113) and a control group (N = 72). We find that people with ASD spend more time on CMC than controls, are more positive about CMC, and report relatively high levels of online social life satisfaction. However, CMC use is negatively related to satisfaction with life for people with ASD. Our results indicate that the ASD subjects in this study use CMC at least as enthusiastically and successfully as controls but that there may also be negative sides to its use.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-27
JournalResearch in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Volume23
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Internet use
  • Computer mediated communication
  • Satisfaction with life

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