Every year there’s always some simple concept that transforms into a huge fad within the blink of an eye. Products such as movies, toys, food, TV series, games, clothing, and other commodities can become popular through an interesting idea. Members of the communications industry can do as much as they can to spread awareness of the trend, but the ending results lie with the audiences. Some trends stick with the country for a long time while other just wear off quickly. These trends may come and go every so often, but they make big waves in the social media universe. This year’s most trending toy is the fidget spinners.
Fidget spinners, those twirling gadgets that you spin around for hours at a time, have been selling out like crazy in stores everywhere. These gadgets have been around mostly to help kids with autism or attention disorders concentrate in school, but they exploded in early spring this year. They weren’t made by a major corporate company and can easily be found at your nearest convenient store. It’s a hot toy that revolves around such a simple unique selling point, which is to prevent fidgeting problems.
After months of seeing these around the shelves, I caved in yesterday and brought myself one! While wandering around Liberty Tree Mall with my friend, I browsed through the selection of fidget spinners on the vendor. I decided to go with the bright orange glow-in-the-dark spinner to take home. It was only minutes later that I really got the hang of the device.
The gist of the toy is really simple: hold the top/bottom with your fingertips and spin the wheel as fast as you can. Once you stop flicking, hold the bottom part with your fingertips as it spins by itself. Try holding it with one of your fingertips once you use it a few times. For even more advanced tricks, try balancing it on your nose or shoe while it’s spinning.
Other than the fidget spinner, there’s also an alternative toy called the fidget cube. The fidget cube comes with buttons, clickers, and even wheels to play around with. Clicking around the fidget cube is really comforting for your hands when you start fidgeting.
There’s something interesting going on when a toy like a fidget spinner becomes the most popular product for adults. In this 21st century, our world is rapidly changing each day. Adults are performing at a faster rate and they can’t stop moving. There’s been a large demand for more productivity, leaving many people feeling very stressed out. Could the rise of fidget spinners be caused by the large amount of stress we’re facing?
Before fidget spinners became the hottest toy of 2017, adults calmed their fidgeting nerves through smoking cigarettes. Although it’s a nasty habit, cigarette smoking was the common way to calm your nerves every now and then. But since cigarettes have increased in price over the past few decades (Marlboros are over $10 a pack in MA!), adults have been trying to trade in one habit for another habit. Then along came the fidget spinners and those fidgety adults can’t get enough of them. In a strange sense, fidget spinners could be the trend that would replace the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes.
As I mentioned before, trends come and go every year. Remember when Pokémon GO was released last summer? That game spread like WILDFIRE, becoming the hottest app on the Android/Apple market in less than a week (read more about Pokémon GO here). Fidget Spinners are just as much of a trend as Pokémon GO was in 2016.
Rather than crack jokes at the silly trends kids are following these days, we should be amazed by the surprising health benefits both of these trends provide. Fidget Spinners are great for people dealing with fidgeting problems and Pokémon GO helps people who deal with social anxiety. These trends, as silly as they sound, actually help people in ways that we couldn’t imagine. Who knew that a new Pokémon game would help people gain better social skills?
In the end, fidget spinners are one of many toys that combat fidgeting among people. Things like the ball in the cup, yo-yos, and even Rubik’s Cube were popular just to play with. The main unique selling point behind these trends was to give your hands something to do every so often. Cigarettes may be expensive, but you can pick up a fidget spinner for less than $10.
So the next time you start feeling fidgety, put down the cigarette and pick up a fidget spinner.