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Willow

So this is a general issue across the board, but specifically I wanted to talk about the need to Google actors/actresses. It takes me twice as long to watch the first episode of a season because I'm constantly pausing to go and google a character because I can't remember where I've seen them before - and inevitably I then end up reading at least a little bit about them and their background.

I would like to be able to wait until after the episode finishes to do the Googling, but I just can't - I don't know if it's because I'm worried I'll forget who I'm supposed to be looking up, or if it's because I know I'll pay significantly less attention to the show because I'm still trying to figure out where I've seen them before.

Like I said, this need to Google something is fairly general, for anything that I can't remember the answer to. It is only ever things that I do know, but can't retrieve, so I need to Google immediately to ease my mind or something. But it can be annoying, and I don't tend to notice I do it, until I'm constantly pausing something, or until someone I'm with has picked up on the fact that when I can't remember something, I'll pick my phone up to Google it.

Is anyone else like this?

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Heather

I do that a lot too. I like havign my phone next to me when I watch a movie so I can google(or search on IMDB where I usually look) and find out. Sometimes before I watch something new I will look it up to see if any familiar names but some people have only minor roles or I might not know their name only their face.  

It is so easy nowadays to stop shows with Netflix and some other TV options. When watching with my boyfriend we tend to stop it a lot whenever a part reminds us of something or bugs us. But that is a different story..

When I used to watch TV that was not on netflix or recorded or on a DVD, I could not pause it so then I'd have to wait til it was over. But yeah, I can relate to what you talked about. :)

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Miss Chief

I tend to use IMDB for shows/movies etc but I don't do it straight away... I try to remember first but if it bugs me I look it up. I do tend to Google some things I forget though... like who sang a song or whatever. Generally I think I have a good memory but it really bugs me if I can't recall something. Mostly it is actresses/actors though, I am not so into watching stuff so I don't remember the people in them so much, I tend to prefer reading/music to watching stuff :) 

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Nesf

I do sometimes stop something I'm watching to Google something, though it's not usually actors or actresses, it's usually facts/events because I watch a lot of documentaries. I don't usually forget once I've Googled something, though.

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AspieFox

YESSS! I do it too.

I even do it with friends and family, to check what they're saying is accurate! Haha! When I meet up with them, my parents hate it when I do it, because they take it as an offense I think lol! My friends (irl) are NTs, like my parents, and maybe they don't get it too, and maybe they're just too polite to say anything.

But I need to check stuff regularly, especially if there's a doubt in my mind.

With Netflix, I do it a lot, and I am scared that I will accidentally go to a wiki or page that gives info about the actual show, and therefore ruining it for me/spoilers etc. I cannot wait either, as I'd forget or just be thinking of it during the show too!

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Willow
3 minutes ago, AspieFox said:

YESSS! I do it too.

I even do it with friends and family, to check what they're saying is accurate! Haha! When I meet up with them, my parents hate it when I do it, because they take it as an offense I think lol! My friends (irl) are NTs, like my parents, and maybe they don't get it too, and maybe they're just too polite to say anything.

But I need to check stuff regularly, especially if there's a doubt in my mind.

With Netflix, I do it a lot, and I am scared that I will accidentally go to a wiki or page that gives info about the actual show, and therefore ruining it for me/spoilers etc. I cannot wait either, as I'd forget or just be thinking of it during the show too!

This sounds exactly like me haha

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Sofi

I don't think I do this for TV shows/actors as much, probably because I'm not really interested in stuff like that :( . But I know I do it a lot when reading reference stuff, mainly history, and it mentions something that happened that I don't know about, so I have to go off and Google/look up then read all about that and it becomes an endless cycle. Or with documentaries, I usually Google to read more about it.  So I'm similar to @Nesf it's more events/facts stuff with me too. 
 

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RiRi

Sometimes when I watch movies, I see an actor/actress and think they look like another actor/actress and just notice similarities in appearance. Sometimes I know that they just look similar and they're not the same actor/actress, but other times I don't, so I google it to see if they're the same person. Other times, I just become interested in the actor/actress and google them anyway. If I'm at home, watching on my own, I google right away, but if I'm not, I wait until right after the movie. If I can't do it right after the movie, I'd probably forget, but I can rely on the person who watched it with me to tell me the name of the movie so I can search it. At the moment, I've not been very good with remembering movie names.

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Dr-David-Banner

Yes, it's the same for me. I'm a big Lost In Space fan and, for some reason, I Googled lots of details about the cast. I guess I could show off but it's weird as to why I'd do it. So here goes: Jonathan Harris died but I found he was of Russian Jewish ethnicity, grew up in New York for a time and created an artificial English accent. Angela Cartwright migrated to California from Manchester at a very young age. She now does art. Bill Mumy was in Babylon 5 but also played in the band America and does solo albums.. Mark Goddard simply became a special needs teacher and ceased acting. I could go on as I Googled the guest stars too. I also Googled lots of info on the film Carnival Of Souls as to the actors and the screen writers.

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Dr-David-Banner

Oh, I think Yandex is now better than Google and it will search fine in English www.yandex.ru

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Asgardian

I have experienced this. Also, it seems I have a need to mentally list other things I have seen someone in whenever I watch something. For example, each time I watch Star Wars I cannot watch any scene with Christopher Lee as Count Dooku without acknowledging (in my head) that he also played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films. And I mean I do this every single time I watch any of those films. It is peculiar, but it is like my brain is a kind of database for all the films and TV shows I have watched and the need to Google definitely arises if I cannot remember something which I am certain that I know. That really irritates me :rolleyes:

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Willow
22 minutes ago, DELETED said:

I have experienced this. Also, it seems I have a need to mentally list other things I have seen someone in whenever I watch something. For example, each time I watch Star Wars I cannot watch any scene with Christopher Lee as Count Dooku without acknowledging (in my head) that he also played Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films. And I mean I do this every single time I watch any of those films. It is peculiar, but it is like my brain is a kind of database for all the films and TV shows I have watched and the need to Google definitely arises if I cannot remember something which I am certain that I know. That really irritates me :rolleyes:

I'm similar to this, when I've been used to an actor in a certain role for a long time and then they're in something else, it takes a while for me to see them as this new character. I guess, that's what being typecast does, but I do struggle with it haha.

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Asgardian
11 minutes ago, Willow said:

I'm similar to this, when I've been used to an actor in a certain role for a long time and then they're in something else, it takes a while for me to see them as this new character. I guess, that's what being typecast does, but I do struggle with it haha.

Yes, I especially struggle with it if the two characters are similar in personality or appearance. It is almost like I have to keep reminding myself that they are two separate characters :lol:

 

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TheWizardofCalculus
23 hours ago, Willow said:

So this is a general issue across the board, but specifically I wanted to talk about the need to Google actors/actresses. It takes me twice as long to watch the first episode of a season because I'm constantly pausing to go and google a character because I can't remember where I've seen them before - and inevitably I then end up reading at least a little bit about them and their background.

I would like to be able to wait until after the episode finishes to do the Googling, but I just can't - I don't know if it's because I'm worried I'll forget who I'm supposed to be looking up, or if it's because I know I'll pay significantly less attention to the show because I'm still trying to figure out where I've seen them before.

Like I said, this need to Google something is fairly general, for anything that I can't remember the answer to. It is only ever things that I do know, but can't retrieve, so I need to Google immediately to ease my mind or something. But it can be annoying, and I don't tend to notice I do it, until I'm constantly pausing something, or until someone I'm with has picked up on the fact that when I can't remember something, I'll pick my phone up to Google it.

Is anyone else like this?

Fun fact:  Amazon Video satiates this need, because they cleverly show the list of actors with their names whenever you pause.  It alleviates the need to google the list of actors for the show and find the character name, the actor, and then google them.

 

Yes, I do this, too, but my repertoire isn't too bad now, so I usually can remember where I've seen the actor before, though not always.

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Willow
10 minutes ago, TheWizardofCalculus said:

Fun fact:  Amazon Video satiates this need, because they cleverly show the list of actors with their names whenever you pause.  It alleviates the need to google the list of actors for the show and find the character name, the actor, and then google them.

 

Yes, I do this, too, but my repertoire isn't too bad now, so I usually can remember where I've seen the actor before, though not always.

Ooooh, I know! I've only watched a few things on Amazon video, but it's so useful haha!

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PandaPrincess

When I watch a movie I really like, or a movie that is based on a true story, I often google facts about the movie.  There was one movie I watched on netflix one time called Perfect Sisters, and it said that it was based on a true story, so I looked it up, and there were these girls in real life that the people who were working on the case called the Bathtub Girls, but apparently, in real life, greed was the real motive for the murder, while the movie portrayed them in a more sympathetic light.  Also, if I don't quite understand something that happened in a movie, then I try to look up a summary of the movie to figure out what was going on.  

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Nesf
16 hours ago, Sofi said:

I don't think I do this for TV shows/actors as much, probably because I'm not really interested in stuff like that :( . But I know I do it a lot when reading reference stuff, mainly history, and it mentions something that happened that I don't know about, so I have to go off and Google/look up then read all about that and it becomes an endless cycle. Or with documentaries, I usually Google to read more about it.  So I'm similar to @Nesf it's more events/facts stuff with me too. 
 

Yes, and I watch documentaries about science and technology rather than people.

Also, I don't recognise faces easily so I tend not to recognise actors/actresses.

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Sanctuary

I regularly check for further details on actors, actresses or shows but almost always after I've watched them. I usually use the Internet Movie Database as it's useful to see other things they've appeared in or ratings of shows but occasionally I search more widely. TV has long been a specialised interest of mine, long before the internet age, and I remember when the only sources were reference books or magazines or just seeing performers in other shows. It's great to find things out much more quickly now and with much more information available. It's not always accurate but accuracy was often even more of a problem years ago when there were fewer people to correct "facts".

I think there is a notable contrast here with most viewers of film and television. They can generally only identify by name the big-name actors and sometimes those who've appeared in long-running TV shows - even then they often know them by character name rather than the actor's name. As regards guest actors they aren't very interested although they might recognise a face. When the end credits of a film or TV show come on most viewers just switch off, change channel or go off to get something to drink or eat but I always like to see who's appeared.

The same can be true of music. Most listeners like particular songs and artists but are not very interested in the names of the musicians, producers, arrangers and so on but I always like to check out such details and then look out for them on other tracks / albums. Although it's not always the case I think viewers and listeners with AS are more likely to want to know the exact details of how a work has been put together rather than just being satisfied with the overall product.

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nikkiDT

You just described my life.  One of my main special interests revolves around people.  Public figures usually like actors, musicians etc.  I have this overbearing need to know everything about them.  So I always Google or go on message boards, forums, even gossip columns etc.  Wherever I can get my information.

I try to listen to as many songs as I can, or watch and/or read about as many movies and TV shows of theirs as I can.  Watch as many interviews as I can, trying to learn about their lives.  They become a part of me, it feels like. 

 

But my special interests typically only last a few weeks at a time.  Even though I have the tendency to 'recycle' my special interests.

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Dr-David-Banner

"But my special interests typically only last a few weeks at a time.  Even though I have the tendency to 'recycle' my special interests."

On the Russia AS site I shared that the special interests are thought to be varied with HFA and usually single with AS. Already I'm struggling to communicate as the Russian parents seem to feel one can't make such points without official psychology diplomas. Anyway, I wouldn't say googling is up there with my obsessions but, sure, I do like to research stars and films. My special film is Carnival Of Souls so I googled the actors and scriptwriters. I also wanted to know about the Pavillion in Salt Lake City where it was filmed. When some Mornons asked me politely if I knew Jesus Christ as saviour they winded up being side-tracked to the Salt Lake City Pavillion.

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Dr-David-Banner

I made a startling discovery. It has to do with my fixation over the 1962 movie Carnival Of Souls. First time I saw it by chance, I was stunned. A woman who somehow exists only some of the time. She can't get close to other people. She can't share in the experiences or joy of other people. Sometimes they don't see her. So, I sought information on the movie.Candice Hilligoss starred. Herk Hervey directed. It was shot partly in Utah Salt Lake and partly in Kansas. Characters include the seedy Mr Linden, Mrs Thomas the landlady, the church pastor and Dr Samuels the psychologist. All in black and white and a very low budget film. Initially it failed miserably and soon went underground, to be shown at drive-ins. For months I found no connection to Asperger or even Schizoid personality disorder. Finally last week I got  my answer. In an old interview, Herk Harvey shared he had had a paranormal experience that had left him so stirred, he phoned actress Candice Hilligoss and asked her to take the leading role in a movie. The really weird bit is I myself experienced the exact same paranormal experience as Herk Harvey. So we both have had the same experience although Herk is not on the autistic spectrum. Taking that aside, in itself this is a movie they could never duplicate today. The actors were all really good but it seems it was all a bit too far out for the audience of 1962. Later it became a cult classic.

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Aeolienne

Google is not the only search engine. I prefer Ecosia; they promise to plant a tree for every search. It's also available as a mobile app.

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