Ever since the 1960 every new generation seems to have its own toy which becomes fleetingly famous before sometimes sinking into oblivion. In the 60s of course it was the hula hoop but over the years and generations the games or toys have perhaps become more complex such as Rubik Cubes and video games. Today things have not changed with a new toy hitting the markets in the middle of 2016 which is growing in popularity. This latest toy and perhaps the object of the latest craze is the fidget spinner. The manufacturers of fidget spinners have an official website where you can learn all about them and what they are capable of but basically they are toys which have ball bearings inside allowing them to spin very fast with just the flick of one finger. They are certainly amusing and can keep at least one hand occupied which people claim helps them to concentrate. They may even assist people in ridding themselves of bad habits such as nail biting or finger cracking but the manufacturers claim they can also help people with disorders that hamper the hand mobility.
Certainly these spinners do require that the fingers do move and so could perhaps improve someone’s hand mobility but medical proof that they do actually assist people with these types of disorders has yet to be produced. They can though help people to concentrate but at the same time can be distracting as the eyes want to see how the spinner is responding to each touch. These two points have brought these spinners into a controversy in schools with students claiming that they help them to concentrate and teachers claiming that they divert a student’s eyes from what they are being shown. As of yet there has not been any legislator put down either way and so for now at least, as to whether or not fidget spinners are allowed in the classrooms will very much be the decision of each individual school.
Students aren’t the only ones who need to concentrate and so some businessmen are trying out the fidget spinners in their offices, hopefully helping them to better concentrate on their work whilst sat at their desks. With both adults, students and kids buying these spinners it is little wonder that they are becoming as popular as they are but will that popularity be short lived like many other toys have experienced in the past? The answer to that question may lie in whether or not schools start to accept them in the classrooms however there is one alternative. The alternative is in the form of fidget cubes. These fidget cubes are similar to the spinners as they also have ball bearings making them easy to spin but the difference is that the cubes are less distracting to the eyes. Time will of course tell the fate of both spinners and cubes but it would appear that for this year and probably next year at least, they will continue to be popular.