Fidget Spinners

Posted by Erwin Scholman on

What is a Fidget Spinner?

Fidget spinners are one of the more bizarre inventions that the internet has helped create, primarily because besides helping people who have fidgeting issues, they have no purpose.

They are marketed as products that can help you deal with other habits that you are trying to kick, like nail biting and smoking. Aside from that, they are also mentally beneficial, with some saying that they have helped to sooth the impacts of anxiety.

What are the origins of the Fidget Spinner

Without the internet, it’s true that we may never have seen the fidget spinner. The power of the web has brought likeminded people together and allowed us to take on understated yet ever-present problems such as fidgeting. It was in 2016 that a Kickstarter project snowballed, surpassing its $15,000 target, accruing an astonishing $6 million. The project in question was a fidget cube toy, with fidgety favorites such as rollers, buttons and switches, all incorporated in one compact device. The project went viral on social media and the rest is history.

What do fidget spinners do and why should I buy one?

You can glean from the name that fidget spinners have been designed to help tackle fidgeting. From children with ADHD to adults numbed with boredom in the office, all demographics have been struck with the fidgeting urge at some point in time – but until now, there has never been a specially designed toy to help overcome the issue. Hence people have been left with dirty habits such as biting their nails, or driving other people up the wall by clicking their pen or tapping their fingers.

The finger spinner comes with none of these issues – indeed, it isn’t even a distractor for those in the workplace, with many anecdotal reports suggesting that the hypnotic whizz of the spinner while in motion actually helps to increase concentration levels. Furthermore, the fidget spinner requires only one hand, leaving your other one free to complete any tasks you may have.

Can fidget spinners actually relieve symptoms of ADHD and autism?

The evidence, however, just isn’t there. There haven’t been any thorough studies to evaluate the toys’ effect on those conditions. And experts warn that for some kids with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, the spinners might be a harmful distraction.

“Things that are routine or have some demand, it’s much harder for children with ADHD to be able to pay attention. And so, [the spinner] may well make things worse for them,” said Dr. Mark Wolraich, a behavioral pediatrician at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center.


Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published