Why are you lonely?

Well, I'm an unemployed autistic man who still lives with his parents, so it's little wonder why to me that I barely have any sort of close, positive relationship with any other human being.

I don't know how to connect with anyone in my own (rather dysfunctional) family; I have both parents and three siblings, but little in the way of common interests or life experiences to talk about. And that's on a quiet, peaceful day in my house without a dumb conflict erupting.

I also currently have no friends or even any acquaintances, not since high school ended. The fact that I'm a shy recluse who's at home all the time obviously doesn't help. And I've never had a girlfriend either, so romantic love remains an ever-elusive daydream for me.

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