Many people that would once fidget with their fingers, perhaps tapping tables or biting their nails are no longer doing so because of a new device that was introduced in 2016. This device is called a fidget spinner and it was met with so much popularity that today, there are many different variations of it and all of them are popular. As well as being able to stop people fidgeting, these fidget spinners are also said to be able to help people concentrate and assist with hand mobility, even for those that have hand mobility disorders. Although these claims have not yet been scientifically proven, many students agree that the spinners help them to concentrate in class. The use of these spinners in classrooms though has brought objections from some teachers who claim, although the person using the spinner may find their concentration improves, the visual distraction of the spinner makes others lose their concentration. No fast rule has yet been set as to whether spinners can be permitted in classrooms and so until one has been set, teachers will have to make their own decisions as to allow them or not.
As well as fidget spinners, fidget cubes were also introduced and they work in a similar manner to the spinners and so can also assist in improving concentration but unlike the spinners, the cubes do not present so much of a visual distraction and so they may be more acceptable to teachers. People that work in an office are now trying both the spinners and the cubes to see if they can help them to concentrate whilst in their offices. Obviously in these instances it will be up to the individual employers if they wish for their employees to use these gadgets in their workplace.
Although these gadgets probably will help to better someone’s mobility in their hands, it is not yet known if they will be able to help those people with mobility disorders but research will certainly be carried out to see if there is any merit in the manufacturer’s claims. If medical tests confirm these claims then it is possible that fidget spinners and fidget cubes may be a common sight in hospitals and other medical facilities but if the tests prove the claims have no merit, the spinners and the cubes will probably suffer the same fate as devices that became crazes in the past have done. When was the last time you saw a hula hoop or perhaps a Rubik cube? These were crazes that were both extremely popular just as the spinners are today but they have almost become only exhibits in cultural museums with none being seen in shops for years. The spinners were popular when they were introduced in 2016, are remaining popular in 2017 and will probably still be popular in 2018 but how many years after that will you be able to easily find one on Amazon or in your local mall; very few I suspect.