The fingers, noses and even the faces of children and adults have mastered the fun of Fidget Spinner. The gadget came back as a must-have in 2017. All thanks to the magazine “Forbes”, which in December 2016 reminded of its existence. The toy has absorbed children and gadgets overseas, and has recently reached Europe. And it’s 24 years since its inception. According to The Gaurdian, the toy – although in a slightly different form than today – was patented in 1997 by Catherine Hettinger. She created her for her granddaughter Chloe. After seven years Hettinger was forced to pay a $ 400 fee. For keeping the patent. She could not afford it and the invention began to live its own life.
In the following years, some teachers in the United States and the United Kingdom have put forward a thesis that Spinner is calming and supportive of concentration. The toy was intended primarily for children with ADHD and hyperactivity. Although the properties of the toy have never been tested and proven, a curative patch clung to the gadget.
– Calming is to absorb attention so that other stimuli do not work on us. Concentration on one subject is often used during relaxation – explains psychologist Jarek Żyliński. – Fidget Spinner is a bit like that, because we really focus on this particular activity. But it is not an overwhelming power.
Jarek Żyliński works with children every day. Spinner’s Phenomena finds itself in the ease of handling the toy. As he explains, the device works involuntarily and absorbs like a swirl that has mastered the toy market nearly 20 years ago. – Children react quickly. When they get something in hand and it immediately starts to work – they want to have it. This is another fashion for an easy-to-access item that is fun to play with.
A toy or a tool of Satan
The Fidget Spinner has the shape of a three-blade propeller with the size of the corresponding finger surface of the palm. It consists of a central bearing, which we grasp with the index finger and thumb. When we push one of the propellers, the toy begins to spin around the main bearing. Fingers are also available with additional bearings on the wings.
The mechanism is based on a gyroscopic effect, a phenomenon discovered already in antiquity, and described for the first time in 1852 by Jean Foucault. The phenomenon is to stabilize the rotating object with its axis of rotation. The same mechanism is located, for example, in the Segway, a vehicle consisting of a two-wheel platform, where we can increasingly see the bodyguards in shopping malls.
The Spider Fidget phenomenon has divided people. Some find the character of Satan in the toy, justifying that the number 666, the symbol of the devil, can be found in the rotating device. Portal “The Sun” goes even further – combining the “satanic” features of the toy with the story of an 11-year-old boy striking a spinner in the eye area. The boy dropped the toy and fell directly to him.
Well, that should only give adults an idea to take the initiative and show the children how to use the gadget properly.
Fidget Spinner for children and adults
– I watch children who play with Spinner. Rather it looks like they are combining, how can it turn, and they boast of each other: “I am on my nose”, “I will spin on my forehead” – says Żyliński. – This is a challenge and practice of manual skills.
That’s why the psychologist believes that Spinner can not have calming effect on children. He points out that this might be the case, but if the child was practicing concentration with Spinner daily for 40 minutes at home. “The toy can be dedicated to children who can not focus on doing one thing, or need some help,” explains Zylinski. – If we have children who watch a lot of television and therefore need more stimulus to focus on food, Spinner can be a stimulus that does not absorb the attention at the same time.
When it comes to adults who have also turned themselves into mania spinning, here Spinner can actually act as a calming habit. – In adults in stressful situations Spinner can replace a play with a pen or a cigarette – psychologist added.
In all the madness we can not forget, however, that Spinner is just a toy that fills the time. It is better for children to play with the Fidget Spinner than to sit still with their nose on the phone. The challenge and opportunity to show off new skills is to stay in the group. There are YouTube guides on various tricks, so the fun does not get boring. Who knows, maybe soon the competition will be in the frame of the best spinnermaniac?