Friday, December 9, 2022

Comments by Marialuisa

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  • From this to the Chinese “digital detox” boot camp the step is short.
    Anyway, they both rely on the same idea, they share the same aim.
    When I was a child, I used to spend all my time reading books. There was no internet, no much TV (I’m not from USA, maybe the digital boom arrived a bit later here). At first, it was sheer curiosity and joy. I didn’t need anything else than books. Oh, and nature too. While other children were playing in the school courtyard, I was alone in the grass looking for insects and little stones. Then it (the books, the nature) became also a refuge, a way to handle the stress, the fear, the frustrations from first bullying episodes.
    I was diagnosed with autism and schizoaffective disorder.
    What you don’t understand is that the point is not the screen exposure, as the problem is not the stimming. Videogames and internet can be a strong interest, a passion, as stimming is self-expression of joy or anxiety or other emotions. The “problem” is only when there is too much stress to handle, too many bad emotions.
    I’m not sure exist something as “virtual autism” and “true autism”. As many neurotipical stims when they are nervous, so they could became obsessed or find a refuge in a single activity forgetting the world outside. You are focusing on the wrong thing, you are focusing on the finger instead of the moon.