Fidget Spinners! 5 Things You Might Not Now!

Written by Matt Wende It's the latest trend, sweeping schools, homes, and the streets around the world, but what don't you know about fidget spinners. WatchMojo presents WatchMojo News, and in this instalment, we're looking at what you might not know about the spinning gizmos. What's the appeal? What are they for? Why are they popular? Watch to find out! Watch on WatchMojo: Tell us what video you think we should make next with the suggest tool, here: WatchMojo.commy/suggest.php

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You’ve seen them on the street, in your schools, offices, and homes, but what don’t you know about these spinning doo-hickeys? Welcome to WatchMojo News, the series from WatchMojo where we look at stories that should be on your radar.

In this installment, we’re looking at 5 things you might not know about craze that’s sweeping the nation, the ever-popular fidget spinners.

#5: They Are Addictive as Hell!

Okay, from the outside, it’s just another toy. We mean, it spins, big deal! But make no mistake, the second you try it, you instantly see the appeal. Holding the spinning device has an oddly satisfying and calming effect. And it doesn’t stop there, either. All over the Internet, people are coming up with new tricks and stunts to perform with the spinners. As a result, their lasting appeal seems to only be going up. In December 2016, Forbes named fidget spinners the must- have office toy for 2017 - so if you haven’t tried one yet, you better get on that, STAT!

#4: No One Knows Where They Came From!

Fidgeting is nothing new, and toys have been around for years for letting people do just that - all the way from stress balls to fidget cubes. Spinning toys have been around in some form or another since the ‘90s, but it was really as of April 2017 that the fidget spinner inexplicably jumped in popularity. What’s even more mysterious is that no one really knows where it came from. Possible inventors have been suggested, but there seems to be no patent that can be traced to the original fidget spinner as it’s known today.

#3: They Apparently Have Mental Health Benefits… or Do They?

Fidget toys are being marketed by touting its supposed various health benefits for those with ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as well as those with autism or anxiety. Some experts in the field of children’s mental health have supported this claim, stating that they are a great help for some who need constant stimulation. For others though, it’s just another distraction. Researchers are divided, and as of May 2017, there is not enough information to make a call on what effects, if any, these little toys have.

#2: They Have Already Been Banned in Some Places!

It’s the life cycle of every trendy gizmo, gadget, and toy. Almost overnight it becomes popular, then every other kid has one, and then your local school has banned it. Thanks to a mix of its supposed health benefits, as well as its sheer popularity, that students began trading and selling spinning toys amongst one another. However, entire districts have begun to ban them after stating that the toys are a distraction. Supporters state that such an action may be premature, as it ignores how some students do benefit from using the device.

#1: They Are the Next Big Thing... for Now!

The fidget spinner’s popularity is unquestionable, and if they really do benefit children’s mental health, then they may become a staple of child psychology centers. But is it worth investing in a gold-plated spinner that you can pass on to your grandchildren one day? Fads come and go, and while the mysterious uprising of this one incredibly satisfying, stress-relieving devic has boggled the minds of many, there’s no telling where public attention will go next. Only time will tell the future of this fidgety little toy.


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