Fidget spinners skyrocketed in popularity early this spring, and with it came a string of varying opinions – especially from parents and teachers – about whether this new fad would help or hurt their kids regarding study habits.
While some parents are totally against their kids having fidget spinners, even calling them “spinner menaces,” I myself and the team at Boston Interactive have thoroughly enjoyed the fad. Like Pokémon Go, the fidget spinners are a fleeting phase that will most likely blow over within a few short months. However, being a huge supporter of trends and market changes, our agency was excited to get its hands on these little gadgets to motivate minds and stimulate creative ideas.
I personally believe that fidgeting is a great way to collaborate and invent, so I’ve always had toys around the office. From hover boards and Legos to Slinkys and ping pong tables, our office is flooded with little outlets where people can fiddle and play to stir up inspiration and energy.
Not only are these toys a way to escape the mundane or relieve the stress of your workload, but fidgeting can help to subconsciously fuel your creativity. By attempting new tricks and looking at things with fresh, new perspectives you could potentially carry these refreshed ideas or new mentalities over to your work and look at things in a new light.
Regardless of toys being present or absent in the workplace, people are always going to fidget in some way or another – from biting nails to clicking pens. Implementing fun, stimulating toys could lead to creative breakthroughs for your employees.
Fidget spinners, in particular, are unique because they give us the opportunity to both fidget, and focus on our surroundings simultaneously, rather than scrolling through our phones or doodling, which pulls our eyes away from work. Forbes even deemed this little creation the “Must-Have Office Toy for 2017.” The ease and simplicity of spinning one of these toys is so natural and instinctive that you can easily go about your work while fidgeting with one and not breaking focus or losing momentum.
WebMD has argued that if a person with ADHD is playing with a fidget spinner, or tapping a pencil, "it automatically forces their brain to work harder. The brain has to put more effort into not being distracted.” Keeping one part of your body actively moving gives an individual the opportunity for an outlet that keeps your inner-fidgeter under control as you go about your day. There have been numerous studies about the positive effects fidgeting can have on boosting one’s memory, retaining information, and increasing creativity.
Even though these fidget spinners might be a fad, there is a huge market to be capitalized on with regard to the fidget industry. These small yet impactful toys and distractions have been around for hundreds of years and will continue to develop and change for many more to come.