Bumping this. I just found this thread through a google search. Just registered to post my thoughts. This is a close friend of mine. I can confirm he is on the spectrum. I also happen to be on it myself. I've known him since college. Part of bring spectrum is having fixations. For him it's electronics,gaming consoles,and computer systems. Yes his social skills are severely impaired. That said he can be charming. I'm not aware of any schizophrenia nor do any impressions of it from him. The previous post about diminished mental capability is more accurate. I have not seen him in person in five years. I do message him from time to time. He does talk to me about his computer and gaming systems. Posting this made me a little uncomfortable, but I hope this will lead to more understanding.