The Benefits of Fidget Spinners
Fidget spinners are more than useless toys. According to Forbes, they are the must-have office toys of 2017.
Fidget spinners are used by both children and adults. Although all they do is spin, fidget spinners do have a purpose.
The Origin Of Fidget Spinners
They were first made by Catherine Hettinger in 1993 who tried to sell them as therapeutic devices for those with ADHD and autism.
Her design looked different than the fidget spinners do today. The original design was a piece of plastic that you could spin on your fingertip.
She got a patent in 1997 and set up a meeting with Hasbro Inc. Unfortunately, Hasbro refused to seal the deal after the spinner failed the market testing.
Catherine sold her invention in art fairs, but it never really took off. That is, until Forbes wrote about fidget spinners in December 2016.
Now, every child has one. They are addicting, perhaps because of the hypnotic spinning movement. Not to mention all the tricks you can do with them.
Benefits of Fidget Spinners
Before you dismiss the fidget spinner as a pointless toy, listen to all the benefits that fidgeting has.
Fidgeting is considered rude, but has many benefits.
Fidgeting can actually reverse the effects of sitting for long hours. It also is good for your cardio-respiratory health.
In addition to that, you can burn up to 300 calories a day by fidgeting.
Anxiety is another problem fidget spinners have been able to solve. Fidget spinners and their repetitive movement have great effects in relieving anxiety.
If that’s not enough to convince you about the benefits of fidgeting, fidgeting also helps you focus.
ADHD kids have benefited from fidget spinners. Having something to do with their hands can help them stay focused on a specific task.
In their book, Fidget to Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies for Living with ADD, Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright explained that the sensory-motor input that fidgeting gives distracts parts of the brain to let the other parts focus.
Although no studies have been done on fidget spinners in particular, they are still fidget toys, so the same benefits apply.
(Learn how to increase your attention span.)
Fidget Spinners Help You Focus?
Not everyone believes the fidget spinners help you focus, though. Teachers struggle to get students’ attention in classrooms whenever fidget spinners are around.
Fidget spinners are different from other fidgeting toys in that they are brightly colored and, more importantly, they spin.
The spinny movement draws the eye’s attention toward it, making it harder to pay attention.
Not to mention, with all the tricks you can do with them, they can become more of a distraction than other fidget toys, such as the fidget cube.
This is the main reason fidget spinners have been banned from many schools in the USA and the UK.
Many people don’t agree with this. They have seen an improvement in their attention whenever they use fidget spinners. It relieves the boredom of working on a mundane and effortful task for a long period of time.
Make Your Own Fidget Spinner
You can buy fidget spinners for about $15 on Amazon. But, if you’re interested in making your own, there is tons of tutorials on YouTube, like this one:
and this one:
Wanna Buy one?
Why make a fidget spinner when you can find so many different colors and designs already made for you?
You can find this one here.
Eager to get started? Check out this book called 50 coolest tricks for your fidget spinner.
What do you think? Do fidget spinners help you focus?