Has your teenaged child demanded for a fidget spinner yet? If no, then be prepared. The request might be on its way. Most parents would question ‘now what are fidget spinners?’ Well; they are a bearing based palm sized gadget that looks somewhat like a ninja blade, though blunt one. They come in various shapes and sizes and made of various materials like titanium, plastic, brass or steel.
Mostly the fidget spinners are prescribed for children with special needs or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children but these days they have become a fad and almost all children have it in their hands (yeah, after the smart phones). Originally they were introduced as stress relievers in the early 1990 but have become the most sought after gadget in 2017.
Reason for their popularity
The fidget spinners are sleek and small that can fit into any pocket and are bright and colourful that attracts most youngsters today. They are cheaper compared to other gadgets and toys and quite easily available in the market or even online. Children today are so addicted to phones that they need something to keep their hands and fingers busy with as mobile phones are banned in almost all schools. Thus, comes the fidget spinners as a replacement for the phones.
Are the spinners harmful?
Anything overdone is harmful. In fact too much of water also can be harmful for the body. Likewise too much use of the spinner creates a distraction for the children and they are unable to concentrate on their studies. A soft buzzing sound is emitted when the spinner is in motion. Though the sound relaxes but too much of the sound creates a buzz like sensation in the mind and the children tend to feel dizzy after continuous usage.
Although the gadget wad introduced for the ADHD children, most people argue that they cause more harm than good to these children. Their concentration is more on the spinner rather than the class work. Many of the schools have banned the spinners as they cause distractions to all the children in the class.
There are arguments all around that when these spinners cause more harm than good why do the companies even endorse them as something that will benefit the children. And when the parents know that the schools are banning these gadgets why are parents sending them with their kids?
Imagine I recently found a DIY fidget spinner that could be made from chains used in cycles, bearing and cable ties. You don’t even have to go out looking for a fidget spinner. It can be made at the sanctity of your home and with easily available materials.
Call it a craze or a fad; it is up to the parents to decide whether these fidget spinners are of any good for their children. They have to make a decision whether to buy them for their kids or not.