About autism and eye contact by Pete Wharmby (@commaficionado). Read the whole thread.

A lot of autistic people find eye contact during an interaction to be extremely uncomfortable - from feeling too 'intimate' somehow, to being too 'intense' and even painful. However, eye contact remains one of the most important expectations that neurotypical people have. #autism

From schools to job interviews, the primacy of eye contact is extremely common, especially in Western cultures. No one appears willing to actually challenge this and ask how necessary it is. This puts #autistic people at a huge disadvantage. #autism

So a great many autistic people teach themselves (actually, 'force themselves' would be more accurate) to maintain eye contact during interactions with neurotypical people. This is often part of masking. #autism