Fidget Spinners

Discussion in 'The VIP Lounge' started by GHilinski, May 5, 2017.

  1. GHilinski

    GHilinski Active Member War Zone Member

    Ok, everyone in the office has these things. When did this fad burst onto the scene and why? It is kind of like pen spinning but more mechanical.
  2. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Someone decided they help you focus by giving your hands something to do that doesn't require actual thought. I don't believe this is supported by any kind of science whatsoever. But there has been a huge explosion in their popularity and an equally explosive and angry backlash, with calling people autistic as an insult or the f word (the other one) for having one. My kids all have one. They're a neat novelty in my opinion but I don't for a second think they do anything to help a person focus.

    Part of their explosion is that they worked into the EDC community. Going back for a while, high quality spinning tops have been part of the EDC scene. Often machined out of high quality or even rare materials and sometimes with gem tips, special cases, special spinning surfaces etc. I think these spinners are an extension of that. There are some really nice fidget spinners out there too but most kids just have plastic molded ones from China.

    Last edited: May 6, 2017
  3. Dan Driscoll

    Dan Driscoll HTT Refugee Donor War Zone Member

    My granddaughter attends a middle school level military academy and my grandsons attend a private school where their mom works. Both have banned all forms of fidget spinners and similar devices.
  4. CJ

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    Yeah, we got a note home from the school (like all parents...) Funny that they're allegedly supposed to help with focus but are just a huge distraction.

    Edit: they weren't banned, just notified us they would be confiscated if they were a distraction.
    Last edited: May 6, 2017
  5. DustinDavis

    DustinDavis Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    I wonder how often Googling for "fidget spinners" provides some unexpected search results. Or expected...
  6. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    Our son got one...
  7. capsuleri

    capsuleri Well-Known Member War Zone Member

    Just another useless toy and a fad... will fade in no time. If anyone needs to fidget to concentrate they have bigger problems.
  8. Chris Smith

    Chris Smith Well-Known Member

    My wife (h.s. Teacher) hates them. Huge distraction in class

    There's another one called a fidget cube that is nowhere near as distracting and she said has helped a couple of kids. But the spinners are awful
  9. Ken McDaniel

    Ken McDaniel Active Member War Zone Member

    I banned them in my classroom. I quickly noticed students played with them more than they liked to do their work. =Banhammer
  10. John Celardo

    John Celardo Well-Known Member Donor

    Didn't know much about these things so I went to the Google machine. Found this video for a homemade wood spinner.

  11. Brian Bunge

    Brian Bunge Active Member War Zone Member

    They are beneficial for people who are tactile learners. But no, they shouldn't be allowed in the classroom where they just distract other students.
  12. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Well-Known Member Top Poster

    Back in my day this was my fidget spinner...

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  13. Brian Bunge

    Brian Bunge Active Member War Zone Member

    Those are great until the ruler flies off the pencil and hits some kid in the eye.
  14. Ron-P

    Ron-P Well-Known Member

    I just saw a warning that most contain high amounts of lead, 19,000 ppm and mercury. Their asking everyone to trash them.
  15. Chris Slade

    Chris Slade Active Member War Zone Member Top Poster

    This was my fidget spinner, likely still have it somewhere.

  16. CJ

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  17. Brian Bunge

    Brian Bunge Active Member War Zone Member

    I saw that. My cousin has been making them on his 3D printer and actually uses food grade plastic for his.
  18. Phil A

    Phil A Well-Known Member Top Poster

  19. CJ

    CJ Bronze Member Admin War Zone Member

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    Hopefully their smart enough to not burn them en masse. #historyawarness

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