Fidget spinners are a type of toy that has experienced a surge in popularity. The toy, which has a bearing in the center and has protruding limbs, of varying shapes and designs spins on the axis of the bearing, with varying amounts of speed. The toy can be made from plastic or different types of metal. It was originally marketed as a stress relief toy and a means to focus for people who usually have trouble doing so. People with ADHD, Autism, Anxiety and other forms of stress are urged to consider this as a way to alleviate their problems.
Researchers are divided on the actual effects of fidget spinners. Some say that they work as advertised, while others say they do nothing and are even detrimental. Social conscious, however, seems to lean in favor of the fidget spinners, as evidenced by their ever increasing popularity.
Fidget spinners are also called flip spinners, and hand spinners. Varying types of toys that do similar things exist. One of with is the fidget cube, which contains various form of stimuli – like buttons to click – and other such distractions, in the aim of providing a “fidgety” person with an appropriate outlet for their subconscious actions and allowing them to focus on whatever task they have at hand.
Fidget spinners have been popularized in schools to the point that some schools have even taken to ban them. Some students claim this ban is unfair as it prevents access to a learning aid and students who find that their learning is positively impacted by this item don’t have a chance to use it.
Although fidget spinners are marketed towards children, adults are also a substantial part of the consumer base and fidget spinners are no longer a rare sight in office spaces.
As to the origin of the fidget spinner, patenting is murky, but two individuals seem to be the major contributors to the development effort. In 1993, Catherine Hettinger is credited with creating a “spinning toy” in order to help her play with her child after her diagnosis of myasthenia gravis. However, the toy described in her patent holds little similarity with the modern day spinner and the lady herself seems reluctant to stake a claim. The credit for the current design of the fidget toy, popularized in 2017, goes to Scott McCoskery. The toy, originally called Torqbar was created to deal with McCoserky’s own fidgeting and soon became more popular, with independent manufacturers making their own versions. McCoserky eventually filed for a patent in 2016.
Fidget spinners have cemented their place in 2017 and now serve as both a way to relieve stress and a fun toy for children and adults. Children have even gone as far as to invent tricks to accomplish with the toy, in order to bring about a more competitive nature to fidget spinning. How long this trend will last remains to be seen, but what is certain, is that fidget spinners are enjoying the coveted top of the list spot in children’s toys.