Fidget spinners are more popular in google search than Donald Trump and Kimkardashian combined.Here is a look at the toy that has become a global phenomenon.

THE ORIGIN

  • The fidget spinner was invented by Catherine Hettinger .
  • Once she went to visit her sister in Israel when she heard of young boys throwing rocks at police officers and common people .
  • She started brainstorming devices that could distract young children and provide them with a soothing toy. And the Fidget spinner was born .
  • Hettinger held the patent on the spinners for eight years, but surrendered it in 2005 because she could not afford the $400 renewal fee .
  • The toys(spinners) hit the mass market after the patent expired .

THE TOY

  • A fidget spinner is a small hand toy that usually has a star-like shape and three weighted end points .
  • In the center of the spinner is a circle with ball bearings that allow the toy to spin with very little friction .
  • The toy continues spinning for up to a minute before it begins to slow down .
  •  They come in different colors, shapes & sizes and different prices

SEE THE BENEFITS

  • It reportedly helps people who suffer from fidgeting, anxiety, ADHD and autism.However, there is no research to support this.
  • The fidget toys provides”an innocuous outlet” for nervous or bored energy.
  • Repetitive movements can be a relaxing rituals.
  • It can help the thinking process. Studies show physical movement such as doodling or writing things down can help with remembering.

 

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