Yesterday, I read a news article which states that the fidget spinner hype is already over. Just last week, I was strolicking through a German city center and walked past stores proudly displaying their goods. Spinners in all kinds of colors. Fancy metal ones. Spinners in different shapes. The vendors seemed to push the product really hard. And who can really blame them?
For those of you that are still out of the loop, a fidget spinner is a plastic / metal toy. By pushing on one of the “blades” the thing starts to spin really fast. Basically that was all that was to them. I’ve heard that there’s people that did tricks with them. That there’s plenty of videos about them on Youtube.
Of course there’s videos about them on Youtube. Youtube caters to the young and the whimsical, after all.
I am not sure where the craze about the fidget spinners came from. I am guessing that it started with a few kids bringing them to school and that it snowballed from there.
However, it wasn’t really unexpected that the hype would die out soon. There isn’t really anything you can do with a fidget spinner. Other than, you know, spin it around. I doubt there were big trade networks, or spinners that were more desired than others. You couldn’t do spinner battles with your peers. It wasn’t designed to do that.
Originally, the fidget spinners were designed to help children with ADHD. They were supposed to help them focus. Of course, the opposite happened and they became a distraction in classes instead for the “regular kids”.
As someone who enjoys the daily struggle with ADD, I can tell you that the fidget spinners didn’t miss their effect on me. If I had it on me, the spinning object would be captivating. It wasn’t really the act of spinning it that kept me distracted. Instead, it was the spinning that held my attention. I watched it spin and spin and spin instead of getting antsy. Before I knew it, we arrived to our destination, or the wait was over.
A figurative fidget spinner
If the hype really is over, then there are vendors that are going to have a stock problem. That’s the problem with hypes. It’s hard to predict when they’ve peaked. The windows in which money can be made is becoming shorter and shorter, it seems. Maybe it’s because my memories are hazy, but the Flippo’s haze (round “circles” which you collected or used to hold “flippo battles” each other), Tamagotchi, and other hypes seemed to last longer when I was a kid.
Maybe it’s all the internets’ fault. Perhaps it’s time we find some sort of figurative fidget spinner so we can focus on something for longer than two to three months.