The Fidget Spinner: More Than Just A Trend?

The Fidget Spinner: More Than Just A Trend?

I remember the day when my younger brother ran into my room one evening to ask me a question. What the question was escaped my mind ages ago, but I won’t ever forget my confusion when he placed a random object onto my desk as he asked the question.

Knowing my brother as a curious fellow, I quickly assumed it was a random piece of rubbish he found on the ground outside somewhere, and gave it no other thought as I answered his question and he ran back out with the “piece of rubbish” in his hand. It wasn’t until a few days later when I caught wind of this rapidly growing trend online about these spinning toys called fidget spinners.

 

History

 

Fidget spinners aren’t a brand new or recent concept. Back in 1993, a chemical engineer called Catherine Hettinger had filed an application for a “spinning toy” she had made, but it was allowed to lapse in 2005 by herself after she was unable to find a commercial partner… this is according to some media outlets, anyway.

It wasn’t until May 2017 when a news outlet, Bloomberg News, released an article about how Catherine Hettinger wasn’t the inventor of the fidget spinner, and she reluctantly agreed. The actual person who was credited as the inventor was somebody called Scott McCoskery.

In 2014, he had made a small metal spinning device to help his fidgeting habits in important IT meetings and conference calls and after a barrage of requests from an online community, he began selling the special device which he previously called the Torqbar online.

 

Popularity

 

Fidget spinners suddenly became extremely popular in late 2016 at Christmas time, and the truth is nobody knows how. It seemed that one day, everyone wanted a fidget spinner. Adults wanted one. Kids wanted one. The elderly wanted one.

Google Search popularity of fidget spinners in early 2017
Google Search popularity of fidget spinners in early 2017

It became so insane that in May 2017, 32% of 200 schools in America had banned these twitchy toys because so many students were fixated on them. Fidget spinners literally took the world by storm.

Today, however, the popularity and trend has died down over time, and the sudden onslaught of everyone walking around with them in hand is over. Although the trend may be subsiding, these wacky objects are still in the pockets of millions of people; I myself even have one of these things…

But were they just a fad… or is there something bigger going on that we’re missing…?

 

Benefit

 

Scott McCoskery had invented what would become the fidget spinner to sustain his fidgeting habits, and the descriptions for fidget spinners state that they are perfect for people with ADHD, stress or autism. Were they all correct?

Well… yes. In addition to my own account as I suffer from autism and regularly come under stress, other people who are affected with similar circumstances would say the exact same thing too.

Especially in correlation to autism; people with autism like to fidget with a lot of things, and fidget spinners are perfect in this regard.

There is something about these small, metal objects that make them extremely addictive to practically anybody who holds one; maybe it’s just the fact that they are very fun to play around with. They are so fun in fact, that they would act as perfect stress busters too.

 

Conclusion

 

Are fidget spinners worth it? In my opinion, yes, yes they are. Not only are they super fun to use depending on whether you’re feeling stressed, have a form of autism or ADHD, or simply just bored and want something to fiddle around with, but they are also dirt cheap in any shop.

Not only that, but they are minute in size; you can easily fit a spinner inside your pockets and take it literally anywhere in the world without it being too much of a nuisance to carry.

Whether they may be dying down in trendy terms, fidget spinners aren’t as bad as a lot of people online are making them out to be. Of course, if you have possession of one and are in a classroom or an important meeting, keep the spinning to a minimal to prevent getting distracted from it and missing out on anything important.

So yes, I personally believe the fidget spinners are more than just a trend, and I also believe they will still be in local stores and tucked away inside people’s pockets for many years to come.

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2 Replies to “The Fidget Spinner: More Than Just A Trend?”

  1. Interesting! I work with children with autism and hadn’t thought of providing them with these. I’ll investigate it in the future! Thanks.

    1. Thank you for commenting! 🙂

      I tend to struggle quite a lot with my own fidgeting habits, and my own fidget spinner helps me immensely to tend to these needs, so I really do think they’re the perfect item for any child or adult with autism or ADHD.

      Just make sure the children don’t get TOO distracted with them if they have any work to do… They’re SO much fun! 😛

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