In case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t noticed fidget spinners are a thing.
Everyone fidgets, whether it’s fiddling with your hair or a pen at your desk or tugging on an item of clothing you’re wearing, everyone fidgets, and that’s the secret behind the gadget’s unexpected success.
Some retailers have bolstered sales of fidget spinners by claiming that these gadgets have health benefits such as easing stress, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Whether or not these claims are valid, remains to be seen. There are many theories which appear to substantiate these claims, however there is very little evidence to back up these claims.
The most popular theory is that fidgeting occupies the parts of your brain that otherwise would distract the rest of your brain with random thoughts, which could impede decision making. Another theory suggests that fidgeting could prevent your mind from being occupied by obsessive and unhealthy thoughts.
The science behind fidgeting might not be the strongest, but theories and initial observations do suggest that fidgeting has a purpose and that there are potential benefits.
If you don’t yet have a fidget spinner, you can find a range of them – in all colours and even glow in the dark ones – here starting at R55.00