More about Fidget Spinners

A fidget Spinner is a toy that normally has a bearing in the middle of a multi-lobed flat surface made of plastic or metal which is designed to spin on its axis. They became popular toys in 2017, but there were similar devices invented in 1993. It is mainly for young school going children although some schools banned them for being one of the leading causes of distraction during learning.


They are designed to spin with little effort although they are useless machines. The first spinners usually consist of a two or three pronged design that has a bearing in its center pad and one holds its center while it spins. The various models are made from different materials such as steel, brass, aluminum, copper, titanium or even plastic. The types of bearings used are; chrome, stainless steel ceramics or hybrids. Each spinner normally has weights on their outside that enable it to spin faster.


As in 2017, the source of many fidget spinners was unclear. Catherine Hettinger who is a chemical Engineer was credited by some of the media outlets for having invented the fidget spinner although a May 2017 Bloomberg article showed that she was not the actual inventor and she agreed to it. Scott McCoskery was the one who in 2014 described how he had invented the fidget spinner and in response to the online community, he agrees to star selling the device.

Peak in Popularity

On 23rd December, James Plafke from Forbes published an article that described fidget spinners to be a must have toy in offices. Many posts were uploaded on Instagram and Youtube showing various tricks that can be performed on the fidget spinners. Their popularity began increasing significantly in April 2017with Google searches spiking during that month. By 4th May, the spinner’s variations occupied almost every spot on Amazon’s top seller toys. On the 16th of May was when a video game publisher released a fidget spinner app which received over seven million downloads during the first two weeks.

Responses from Schools

With the high increase in spinners, popularity during 2017, many teenagers and children started using it while at school and some schools even reported that some of the children had begun selling the toys at school. As a result of their frequent usage and cause of obstruction, a majority of the schools banned they toys as children even did not complete their homework.

Health Claims

When the popularity of fidget spinners rose in 2017, a lot of published articles in publications discussed their proposed benefits for people with anxiety, autism or ADHD and there was no scientific evidence that the spinners were effective for children with ADHD or autism.

Fidget Spinners were considered as having the ability to help people who have problems with fidgeting or focusing on the release of psychological stress or nervous energy although up to date; no scientific evidence has been established. However, they are safe toys for children to play with as it is harmless compared to the electronic devices.

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