My Kids Have Caught The Fidget Spinner Craze
Do you know what fidget spinners are? Forbes Magazine has pegged them as the hottest toys for 2017. They are defined as “stress relieving” toys. The fidget spinners typically consist of some kind of wings or arms. Those arms attach at some sort of a bearing in the middle, which can rotate or spin. Earlier this year, their popularity hit new heights. School age children began to bring them to school (which has caused a lot of schools to ban their use in school), and now my children have succumbed to the fidget spinner craze.
How did the fidget spinner craze begin?
Fidget spinners are believed to have been invented in the 1990’s. According to their Wikipedia page: “These toys are touted to help people who have trouble with focus or fidget (such as those with ADHD, autism, or anxiety). They act as a release mechanism for nervous energy or psychological stress.”
The scientific community is divided on this claim. Some experts support it, however, others dispute its scientific basis and argue that the toy may actually be more distracting. Many School Officials now ban or restrict the spinners use in schools.
Have we seen the peak?
Once Forbes declared the fidget spinners to be the “must-have” toy in December of 2016, the fidget spinner craze began. Users on social media channels like YouTube and Reddit started uploading videos of the toys. They were reviews of different brands, videos of tricks and the frenzy grew.
Several people started creating their own fidget toys in shops or even 3D printed toys in various shapes and sizes. In April of 2017, fidget spinners topped Google Searches, and the toys dominated Amazon’s best seller list for toys. Stores now report problems keeping the toys on shelves.
SuperDad’s Thoughts on the Fidget Spinner Craze
When working for Toys R Us and Starlog, the Comic & Science Fiction Universe, I have lived through a few collectible toy frenzies. Classic ones like Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle-Me Elmo, Pogs, Star Wars Toys, and many more. I’ve noticed that it is indeed rare when a toy has longevity once it has reached peak frenzy.
I like the spinners (especially the Batman one my Sister-in-law found for me), and our kids like theirs as well. Although I do see them being left by the wayside, as they don’t hold attention very long. I keep mine on my desk and will play with them occasionally, like a stress ball. It is something to do when writing or researching.
I can’t see collecting different styles. I do think the 3D printing of the spinners is a cool application of technology that could encourage kids in technology. The tricks on YouTube are cool, but seem limited in scope based on the style of spinner you have.
Do you or your kids have spinners? What do you think about them? Let me know in the comments below!