Recently, if you’ve seen a tiny device which spins or a cube with a lot of buttons and wondered, ‘What on Earth are those things?’ The answer: Fidget Toys!
What Are These Juvenile-Looking Objects?
Fidget toys are stress-relieving toys which are used by kids as well as adults. Usually, people fidget with pens, bubble wrap or any other object around them. People also bite their nails or move their leg rapidly which is a sign of impatience, stress, or one is just being fidgety! Fidget toys are substitutes for all these actions. The most common toys we’ve come across on social media are fidget spinners and fidget cubes.
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Few Facts for Potential Buyers
A basic fidget spinner consists of a bearing in the center of a design made from a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic. The toy has been advertised as helping people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting (such as those with ADHD, autism, or anxiety) by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress. Experts were divided on this claim, with some supporting it while others disputed its scientific basis and argued the toy may actually be more distracting. A fidget cube has a rotating dial, a tiny joystick, tactical gears and everything else a fidgety-person needs.
A Little Bit of History and Modern Day Trend
Although they were invented in the 1990s, fidget spinners grew popular in 2017. Often marketed with health benefits, the toy began being used by school children, resulting in some schools banning the spinners, arguing that the toy became a distraction in classrooms. Other schools are allowing the toy to be used discreetly by children in order to help them concentrate.
In December 2016, Forbes listed fidget toys a ‘must-have office toy in 2017’ The trend has reached India as well. Fidget toys are available online and a lot of people are posting videos and pictures of them getting fidgety with these tiny objects.
Old School Fidget Toys/Actions
1) Playing with a retractable pen (The one with a spring)
2) The classic foot tapping (Disturbing the person next to you)
3) Stress ball and bubble wrap (Keep squeezing and bursting bubbles)
4) Playing with your hair (Don't you girls love doing that?)
Whether it helps people concentrate or is a cause for major distraction is yet to be seen.This fad is going to be floating around for a while.
Keep fidgeting, Mumbaikars!