Starting from 2016 there has been a spinning sensation growing around the world and this sensation is due to the introduction of fidget spinners, an innovative new toy that is appealing to adults as well as children of all ages. A fidget spinner overview would show them to be toys which allow the user to spin them incredibly fast with just a finger movement. It has been said, all be it by the manufacturers, that these can relieve stress, improve mobility in the fingers and hands and increase the ability to concentrate but hard scientific evidence to back these claims is still being waited for. The manufacturers also claim that they should be able to assist people with mobility disorder or at least with the mobility of their hands but once again although this is possible, no medical proof is yet available to support the claim.
Some people have already started using them in offices, giving them something to do with their hands rather than just fidgeting and some have said that they do help them to concentrate on their work in hand. As an aid to concentration, some students have started to take them and use them in the classrooms but this is meeting with some protests from some of their teachers. As to whether or not the spinners help a student to concentrate, the teachers are saying that any advantage gained is being lost due to them being a distraction to the eye, not allowing the student to concentrate on the correct things, such as what they are being shown.
Unless strict and hard rules are introduced for the use of fidget spinners in schools, it looks like whether they can be used in classrooms or not is going to depend on the decision of each individual school. The spinners do for now at least though, appear as if they will continue to grow in popularity as many different uses and tricks with them are appearing on the internet, namely and mainly YouTube.
Also available today are what are known as fidget cubes and these are similar to fidget spinners as they too allow themselves to move very quickly with just the touch of a finger but these, unlike the fidget spinners, do not provide much to see. It is therefore thought that as the cubes can also increase concentration but do not have the disadvantage of distracting the eyes, they may be accepted for use in classrooms even if the fidget spinners are banned.
If these fidget gadgets do increase in popularity it will of course only be a question as to how long they will remain popular as many other trends and sensations in the past have been very short lived, scarcely being seen after the initial first couple of years, perhaps hula hoops are an example of this, as is the Rubic cube. For this year and possibly next though, the fidget spinners seem to be the latest sensation which means that thousands if not millions of people will at least want to try them.