What YouTube Means to Me as an Autistic Teenager
Today, social media affects almost everyone on a daily basis. I think there are people in this world who think social media brings more harm than good, whether it’s cyber bullying, not having enough followers, you can’t seem to take the right picture or just don’t feel good enough compared to other people.
Yes, this can be the case for many people who join social media, but it’s a lot different for me as a 15-year-old with high-functioning autism.
I had known about YouTube for a long time, but when I saw my first YouTube video back in 2008, I never thought it would become one of my favorite things. When I was 11, I picked up a mascara for the first time, which started my spiral of makeup obsession.
I wanted to learn more, so I turned to YouTube because I didn’t know anyone who could teach me. Once I turned to YouTube, I found this amazing community of men and woman who taught people how to apply makeup. I knew from then on I wanted to be a part of this group.
At the time, I was struggling with a new diagnosis that made me feel like my life was over. I was diagnosed with autism the year before, which my family and I didn’t know anything about. I was going to a school with a very weak special ed system, and my grades were plummeting. And the bullying was so extensive that I was contemplating suicide at only the age of 10.
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