In the past people watched television sets, but still had more time on their hands that they would go and do real life things. They will read a book, paint a fence, watch something happen outside etc. much of communication and internetworking with the people happened in the real world and now in the world of computers. Face to face conversations were more important. However, in the current times people are more engrossed with the internet. The internetworking speaks more to them. Electronic texting is the norm here, and people prefer this to direct communications. The technology according to authors like Turkle is pervasive. According to her chapter ‘The empathy diaries’ she presents how an institution’s teachers believed that too much se of technology was causing students to retreat inwardly. The students were not developing in a way that would help them connect with others. There are many superficial acquaintances created in the school setting because of how online technology has disturbed their acquaintances. According to the author, other schools were also facing similar problems. it was as if the students were robotic in how they treated one another. As an example, the author presents the case scenario of a seventh grader who wanted to exclude another of her fellow mates from a school event. The girl was called into the office and was questioned. The student who excluded the other student said that they did not understand that the feelings of the girl were hurt. They assumed that the student did not have many opinions on it. It was as if the girl was actually cruel, but she was not. She really did not understand how the exclusion of the individual socially would harm her (Turkle, 2015). Turkle’s argument in many other aspects of the book actually presents how and why it is necessary to have a social affect and network beyond the internet as otherwise it robs one of understanding their fellow beings.
Now applying the role of these interconnections and the internet to that of understanding autism, are we becoming a world of autistic individuals because of the way our life is organized by networked computers or alternatively is the presence of technology enabling us to understand autism better. Now considering the first statement, the internet and related technology cannot make us autistic as in the medical sense. Neurodiversity suggests that the world is becoming more autistic as an effect of the way that life has become organized by networked computers according to Blume. However, it does not make us autistic in a medical sense. In the medical terminology autism is a biological condition. As a neuro diversity, it cannot simply be created by the internet or the technological world we live in. So consider the second statement, does the interconnected world we live in make us more autistic by making us understand autism and neurodivergence better. Yes it does!