Spinning its way around the world is a new trend — fidget spinners.
They’re the latest palm-sized gadget made up of two or three prongs with a circular bearing in the middle.
You just hold it in the center and spin it. That’s it. Unless you want to try one of the many tricks found on Youtube.
Haven’t heard of it? Then you’ve probably stayed away from any and all children for the past couple of weeks.
And actually, adults are even getting in on the craze.
They were originally marketed as a stress-relieving toy helping people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting such as those with ADHD, autism or anxiety, but some are divided on that front.
Scott Kollins, a clinical psychologist and professor at Duke University, was quoted in NPR saying, “There’s no evidence to support that claim.
“I know there’s lots of similar toys just like there’s lots of other games and products marketed towards individuals who have ADHD, and there’s basically no scientific evidence that those things work across the board.”
Mark Rapport, a clinical psychologist at the University of Central Florida who has studied the benefits of movement on attention in people with ADHD told Live Science earlier this month, “Using a spinner-like gadget is more likely to serve as a distraction than a benefit for individuals with ADHD.”
Whereas, Dr. Meghan Walls, a pediatric psychologist at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, says they could be helpful.
“They may be beneficial to kids who have these deficits,” Walls said to CBS.
“They probably don’t need to be used across the board. So for parents, if your child has a diagnosis of ADHD, if they’re a kid who seems to do better when they’re fidgeting and moving, then absolutely talk to the teacher, talk to the school.”
Dr. Steven Shapiro, chairman of pediatrics at Abington Hospital Jefferson Health, also told CBS, “The occupational therapists have long used these distracters to help people concentrate on what they’re doing. They’ve been used for kids in the spectrum of autism, basic developmental disorders, in the spectrum of severe ADHD, where there’s a severe distractible component.”
Whether you agree on their usefulness or dismiss them merely as a toy, you can’t deny their popularity.
They’re everywhere from gas stations, festivals, toy stores and online usually from $5 and up.
On Amazon, they’ve landed in 15 out of the 20 top best sellers in toys and games.
These devices come in all different colors, some even glow in the dark, and some offer various themed ones such as Batman.
A quick search on Youtube lands you millions of videos on fidget spinner tricks, world’s craziest fidget spinners, the most unique fidget spinners, DIY fidget spinners, fidget spinner magic tricks and hacks.
Whether you like them or not, they don’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
Wonder what they’ll think of next?