It makes it, he said, "100 times more difficult to find a partner".
But gamely, and in front of a fair chunk of the nation's TV-viewing public, he gave it a try."My dream," he said, "is to find a nice woman who's blonde and understanding." She also, he said, should live within a five-mile radius of where he lived. After a dress rehearsal with his mother, the first date he had, which was his first for 20 years, and only his second ever, went quite well.
But now, thanks to a new Channel 4 series called The Undateables, even those of us who aren't God do.
It is, said Richard, an amateur radio enthusiast with Asperger's, a condition that's "like a radio key" that's slightly "off-tune".
Dates, as those of us who have been on more than we've had hot dinners know, are stressful.
These people will have dates on a regular basis, and they may or may not be having sexual relations.
This period of courtship is sometimes seen as a precursor to engagement or marriage.
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They're stressful even when you're meant to have fairly good social skills.