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Facebook Down Is Like Nonverbal Issues

Posted by Admin on October 21, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Many, many people experienced Facebook's technical issues this morning.  Many people were unable to post, comment, or like anything on Facebook.  The community panicked.  How are we supposed to connect?  How are we supposed to communicate?  Lots of us headed over to Twitter or Tumblr instead.

Imagine if this was our life everyday.  Facebook wouldn't get a lot of business, would it?  But what if Facebook was the main way the whole world communicated, and you were the ONLY one experiencing the issue?  THAT is what it feels for me to be unable to speak as someone on the autism spectrum.  People are talking.  I can maybe get in one or two words, but then I freeze.  Everyone starts wondering why I stopped.  It's not that I don't want to talk.  It's that I can't.  My Facebook is down.

This is why it's SO important to have other ways to communicate.  For times when I crash.  I may not always need to use Twitter, but when Facebook was down, I know I wasn't the only one to headed over there.  I may not always have issues with speaking, but when I do, please be willing to communicate with me in other ways!

 

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2 Comments

Reply AllyJo16
2:59 PM on November 2, 2013 
I can relate to that 100% I can usually talk with a sense of fluency, but their are sometimes every once and awhile I have trouble speaking at all. I always told my parents that it`s like traveling to a different country where you understand what people are saying, but you can`t speak the language yourself.
Reply Kirsty Ann Seager Au
8:01 PM on January 19, 2014 
I am also like that when my broadband goes down. I panic as its the only way to communicate with friends as its hard for me to do in person sometimes