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  1. It would be fascinating to do some research on how neurodiverse people interact with programs like US daytime soaps compared to their neurotypical counterparts, and how that affects their world view. I started getting into daytime soaps in the mid-90s when I was a teenager (undiagnosed on the spectrum at that point), watching the likes of DAYS, Y&R and B&B, which were considered to be exciting times for soaps at the time.

    In my experience, I’ve never really been one to go “that was bad acting” or “that was a bad story - I very much just accept and see what’s on my screen. My motivation in watching appears to be more around how characters interact with each other rather than plot - indeed for me being on the spectrum and growing up, it was a source of learning in a sense about how “normal” people behave.

    Like most neurodiverse people, I consider myself quite empathetic, and I use that empathy quite a lot when watching dramas like soaps - do I feel or sense what this character is going through? On that level, I would naturally gravitate towards characters (actors) who display a “human” side to them - and that is something that would come down to the relevant actor’s ability level.

    And I guess my focus on character as opposed to plot is why I find myself not getting as wound up over a bad plot in a soap like some people would, because my emotional investment is in the characterisation side of things - soaps are rooted in both realism and fantasy, and that’s something I intrinsically accept. Like I said originally, it’d be interesting to study the neurodiverse viewership to see how they react to watching soaps, etc.

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