This whole subject just confuses me on so many levels.
#1: Why the hell would anyone diagnose him- or her- self with any disorder? Do people really pretend to have a mental disorder just to have an excuse for being an asshole? Seriously? I don’t really know what it is like to be an asshole nor to have some kind of mental condition, but I would imagine I would be less embarrassed for just being an asshole.
(I know what you want to say about me not knowing what it is like to be an asshole. The way I type online and the way I am in reality are exact opposites, as someone here can tell you. I have had multiple dates tell me I could never be a villain in a TV show or movie because my face is too kind and I am too nice. Last week I just got a role as a villain in a movie and since then multiple other people have said, “You as a villain? No way.” To see me in real life without a smile on my face is a very rare event.)
#2: Who the hell cares what the majority of programmers have, if anything? New study reveals most women have higher levels of estrogen than men!
Men in class: “Ew don’t touch me estrogen-girl!”
I fail to see firstly how it is relevant to anything, but also how such a study could ever be considered a good thing.
How does it help our industry to tell people that being a programmer might be a sign of a mental disorder?
#3: In any case the study is flat-out wrong, making it that much more annoying. In all the countries where I have worked I have never met a single person ever anywhere in-person who I would even remotely consider being Aspergers. And I am living in Japan, where the chances for having Aspergers in the IT field is highest. None. Not in school, not ever anywhere in my life.
I don’t get all the fuss. “10 flavors of confused,” describes me best.