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Are Fidget Spinners Just Another Fad?

Truth is, fidget spinner is a toy that composed of a bearing found in center of multi-lobed flat structure that’s made either from plastic or metal that is specially designed to spin along the axis with only minimal effort. As a matter of fact, these toys have been first invented back in 1993 but, it caught popularity only in 2017. There are schools that banned these spinners for causing some distraction while other schools allowed these toys to be discreetly used.

Such toy has been marketed and advertised as a way on helping people to have focus or perhaps, fidgeting by relieving psychological stress or nervous energy. Still, there’s no real scientific proof stating that they’re effective treatment for ADHD or autism.

Basic fidget spinners have 2 or 3 pronged design with bearing in the center. A person holds the center pad as the toy is spinning. The designs are made from different materials which include stainless steel, brass, titanium, aluminum, copper and plastic. The types of bearings used often are metal either chrome or stainless steel, ceramic and hybrids similar to ceramic balls with cages and stainless races.
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What enables the fidget spinner to stay balanced and spin faster is the couple plus weights outside. Aside from that, the bearings might be different in order to adjust for the vibration, noise and design’s spin time which lead to unique sensory feedback.
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In late March, there are a number of social media users from Reddit and YouTube who started uploading videos to which they review fidget spinners along its performance and some tricks to do with it. Truth is, with extreme popularity of this toy, there are many stores online that do offer customized designs to interested individuals.

The popularity of fidget spinner rose to fame in April 2017 with Google searches for keyword fidget spinner striking that month. And by May 4, the variations of spinner have occupied each spot on ecommerce stores. There are lots of publications that referred these spinners as another fad in the market with other journalists compare it to the rise in popularity of flipping water bottle back in 2016.

Due to the rapid increase in popularity of these spinners in 2017, there are lots of children and teenagers alike who started using it in school with some of it reported that kids were selling and trading the spinner toys. Mainly because of the frequent use of school children, there are lots of school districts that decided to ban these toys. Then again, there are some schools who allow students to still use it discreetly as they believe it helps them in their concentration.