What's up with the sudden rise of interest in aspengers?
From one year to the next it starts to creep into every gaming and programming related forum I see. There are a few with actual clinical diagnosis but a bunch of "I haz aspengers!" dudes who try to find a scapegoat for their shortcomings.
Autism is no joke but some people think it's something simple and reduce it to absurdity. Aka "I can't talk to somebody and I think I'm really smart so obviously I haz teh autizm." No, social awkwardness doesn't proves anything. Most of the humans think they're smarter than their peers (common cognitive bias). And mental disorder diagnosis is an awfully complex topic.
It diminishes the work of psychologists and it diminishes the people that actually have some sort of autism.
No, I don't think that the majority of software engineers have aspengers syndrome.