Fidget Spinner? Is it just a toy? – Know the Science Behind this Addiction:

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Fidget spinners fly off shelves — and school desks — in New Orleans: A toy store in there sells the popular fidget spinners, shown in the image below, next to the less-popular fidget cubes. The packaging says, “Fidgeting may help with concentration, attention, focus, calming and active listening.” But local educators agree with the growing national consensus: spinners are toys, and they do not belong in the classroom” – [Quick Techie Update] Covers | The Times-Picayune.

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Fidget spinner, fidget spinner everywhere and now it has become a Trend. “A toy has now become a Trend”. It sounds really cool! Haha! But then, What is a Fidget spinner?

A fidget spinner is a type of toy, whose marketers claim it relieves stress. A basic fidget spinner consists of a bearing in the center of a design made from any of a variety of materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper, and plastic.

The toy has been advertised as helping people who have trouble with focusing or fidgeting (such as those with ADHD, autism, or anxiety). 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. Although they were invented in the 1990s, fidget spinners became popular toys in 2017 and you know it right!

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Know the Science Behind this Addiction:

Many of us fidget one or the other things. Whether it’s biting their nails or may be touching their own chairs, spinning pen or may be playing with their own clothes. One probably fidget lots of things in a day & that’s the reason why the fidget spinner has become the latest trending toy among children..and even adults.

It’s just called a fidget spinner because it can spin and allows you to do what you normally try not to do: fidget. The toy looks like a cross between a ceiling fan and the head of a triple-headed electric shaver as shown below in the image.

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Fidgeting is not a new human behavior. Find someone who doesn’t fidget at all. Therefore, the fidget spinner’s price premium ($15 on Amazon) over other common fidget objects such as pens, pencils, balls, and coins probably isn’t due to massive research and development costs. Nonetheless, some retailers have made claims that the fidget spinner has health benefits such as easing stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How legitimate are these claims?

Reviewing the science behind the potential benefits of fidgeting may make you fidget, because there are theories but limited concrete scientific evidence. One thought is that fidgeting may occupy parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts. Imagine that your brain is a family that needs to make an important decision. If the young children in the family aren’t occupied by toys, they may demand too much attention, interfering with decision making. Roland Rotz and Sarah D. Wright explain how fidgeting can prevent the distractions that come from boredom in their book Fidget To Focus: Outwit Your Boredom: Sensory Strategies For Living With ADHD. Fidgeting may prevent your mind from being occupied by obsessive and unhealthy thoughts such as what is the meaning of life, what do other people think of you, why aren’t you more attractive, why do others seem more successful on Facebook than you, and why isn’t Justin Beiber returning your phone call?

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