It’s almost as if these three-pronged enigmas are the best thing since sliced bread. You can’t help but notice them as you are paying for your coffee. They are in the hands of everyone under the age of 20. There is talk about them on the radio during your morning commute. Teachers hate them. School districts have outlawed them. And if you are a parent, you have been conned into buying multiple versions of them. They are plastic, they are metal, they are pink, purple, camo, even gold plated. They are EVERYWHERE. But what are fidget spinners exactly? And more importantly, why on Earth does everyone want one of these hunks of plastic, metal or rubber that resemble the propeller attached to an outboard boat motor?
Many people will simply explain the spinning device as a type of toy, a fad, or the newest craze. Others will explain in depth how the purpose of the contraptions is to assist those diagnosed with learning disorders such as ADHD to have the ability to sit for longer periods of time.
Rumor has is that this toy has actually been around for more than 2 decades. The patent was originally created during the 1980’s by a woman who was trying to distract young boys from getting into mischief. It is said that she was trying to find a more calming way to have children release their anxiety. Believe it or not, her idea was actually denied by the very same major toy company that now sells this product. So why now?
Maybe it’s because we now, more than ever, are in earshot of acronyms and phrases that address disabilities, and understand what they mean for the most part. The spinners have been marketed as a healthier option for those who struggle with the ability to keep focus, typically individuals who have to spend hours in the classroom. So instead of fleeing out of the back door, or doing somersaults down the hallway, or maybe even humming the Star Spangled Banner on repeat, easily distracting the rest of the class if not the whole school, fidget spinners can quietly, and kinetically solve some of the issues. I mean, let’s be real, we have all found ourselves in a situation where we are tapping our fingers and twisting the ends of our hair; we all fidget at times. So technically, this spinning little contraption can assist in keeping us distracted from our own habits of fidgets.
However, this quickly changed and fidget spinners have almost instantaneously become a household object. Everyone needs not just one, but several of these intriguing yet luring gadgets. You cannot help but ask to try it, regardless of age. Two year olds beg to be the next one to spin the ball-bearing object awkwardly in their hand, pushing it round and round with their little fingers; teens begging to trade one fidget spinners for another, and adults who have mastered the art of the effortless one-handed, two-fingered spin. It is not uncommon to find anyone, anywhere, mesmerized by even the most basic, plastic, solid-colored spinner.
Cool Fidget Spinners
Since the introduction of the spinners we have seen some major evolution of this product. You are not part of the “in crowd” if you do not have one of the cool fidget spinners. These toys have recently had a makeover and some new innovative designs have been born. Fidget spinners can now help you do a lot more than corral the fidgets. They can act as timers for games. Just place the tool on a flat surface and give the little spinner a push, then try to complete your task before it stops spinning. Even the school teacher who obstinately refused to have those things in the classroom has found a way to integrate them into learning. Students are spinning spinners and trying to complete a multitude of math problems before it stops. The almighty fidget spinners can liven up the party as some versions now light up as you spin them! Just turn down the lights, turn up the music, and spin that spinner. Fresh LED lights will brighten the night! Another new cool fidget spinner that has progressed far from the original is the boom-boxing, Bluetooth spinner. Just connect this spinner to any Bluetooth device and it will play your favorite tunes. Forget about needing anything else, the spinners can take care of it all!
There are so many alternative benefits to the spinner. You can get a spinner that helps you cheer on your favorite team. There’s a fidget spinner to display your patriotism. Or maybe you could use one to lend a hand in carrying your keys. If you need assistance opening a bottle, there is a fidget spinner for that too. If you want another way to promote your love of Harry Potter, there’s a one for that too! There is also the two pronged version of the fidget spinner that can help you answer “yes or no” life questions: “Should I buy those shoes, Spinner?” Give it a whirl and Bam! No more internal debate and reason. They can ease the anxiety of the wait during a dental appointment, all that spinning will surely distract you from the anticipated drilling. The range of variations of the spinner are endless. Whatever you’re feeling in the moment, there is a spinner for you!