What is a Fidget Spinner?
Fidget spinners are one of the more bizarre inventions that the internet has helped create, primarily because besides helping people who have fidgeting issues, they have no purpose.
They are marketed as products that can help you deal with other habits that you are trying to kick, like nail biting and smoking. Aside from that, they are also mentally beneficial, with some saying that they have helped to sooth the impacts of anxiety.
There are plenty of low-cost fidget spinners on sale made out of ASB plastic and printed using 3D-printers. Have a search and you’ll definitely be able to find one below $20, and the great news is that they usually ship quickly so you’ll be spinning in no time.
Why Are People Using Them?
Fidget spinners’ popularity is a bit peculiar given that there’s no scientific evidence to prove that they are effective – their boom has been based on word of mouth and anecdotal experiences. But many suffer with at least mild forms of fidgeting, and have found hope with such a product.
Furthermore, children and adults with ADHD are finding joy with fidget spinners as a way of exerting energy that they would otherwise have to do in a louder and more disruptive manner. Many people are thinking that they’re at least worth a try.
Where do They Come From?
The origins of the fidget spinner are hard to discern, but in 2016, a Kickstarter project for a Fidget Cube raised over $6 million serving a similar purpose. The Fidget Cube had no spinner, but a variety of clickers, gears and a joystick to help keep people occupied.
The emergence of 3D-printing is thought to be behind a lot of the fidget spinner’s growth, with ThingForge Tech commenting that they began producing the toys after spotting them on a 3D-printing forum.
Fidget spinners of all materials, designs and sizes can be found all over Etsy, with lots of people trying to cash in on the craze.
Could China Start Making Fidget Spinners?
As of now, fidget spinners are predominantly being made in the West – specifically in the United States and United Kingdom. A few are wondering whether China could look to capitalize on the growing market, but so far there’s not much sign of them doing so.
However, if the fidget spinner industry remains strong then it would be no surprise to see China get in on the act, producing the spinners in bulk at much lower costs. The dangers of this are that it could push small start-up Etsy sellers out of business and see a general deterioration in the quality of fidget spinners.
Will Their Popularity Last?
Fidget spinners were totally unknown in August 2016, so there’s no long-term data to suggest whether they will remain popular. However, the boom has been rapid with Etsy seeing new sellers emerge all the time. There have been plenty of toys that rose and fell over the years, and over the coming months we may get a better idea on whether or not fidget spinners are here to stay.