(1/2) there's this youtube channel that i absolutely love to watch. i watch it when i'm not feeling well and it usually picks me back up again. it just brings me an immense sense of comfort. i talk about them a lot, but i don't go out of my way to research them because i get all the information i need from the videos. i've also been watching them for about 2-3 years and they're one of the only channels i watch. do you think this would count as a special interest or just a comfort
(2/2) show type thing? also, i introduced my boyfriend to the channel with the hopes of watching videos with him and him being able to understand and relate when i talk about them, but now that he watches them i feel kind of defensive because i want him to like them but it’s “my thing”. is this common?
That sounds like a special interest to me. Not all special interests involve researching them. Also, getting defensive of your SI is really common. We often feel possessive of our SIs and have difficulty when others get involved, especially if they’re not excited/happy/engaged as we are.