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Invasion of the Fidget Spinners

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Fidget spinners, and other fidgety devices, have been around for a bit but only since the end of last year have they been a bona fide craze: Forbes described these things as the “must have office toy” in December, but by this month The New York Times described them as “the Hula Hoop of Generation Z”: referencing the worldwide adolescent craze from the 1950s. And, I mean, yeah. Fair. There are 5 spinners here in an office of, like, ten people; there’s an ENTIRE YouTube ecosystem around them. In my neighborhood, which has three middle-and-high schools, the sidewalks are LITTERED with fidget spinner packaging. Global sales estimates are in the TENS OF MILLIONS. The assumed purpose of the fidget spinner is to help people, particularly students, concentrate … to give an outlet to excess energy caused by stress, or anxiety… But many teachers have been saying, actually, tool-assisted fidgeting is not an aid to concentration, but a hindrance. What I want to figure out is, how we got here – how the constellation of meanings around fidgeting, and who does it, launched a tool reportedly suited for promoting calm concentration to SENSATION status, and how THAT may feed back into how we think of fidgeting.


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--FURTHER READING & EXTRA LINKS--
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurodiversity

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jplafke/2016/12/23/fidget-spinners-are-the-must-have-office-toy-for-2017/#4b87942c18a4

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/06/style/fidget-spinners.html?_r=0

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/03/fidget-spinner-inventor-patent-catherine-hettinger

https://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelwmiller/bad-news-teachers-cannot-stand-those-little-fidge?utm_term=.thzG3lXJj#.kyyG47bo3

https://books.google.com/books?id=AdAiAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA12&lpg=PA12&dq=noah+webster+fidget&source=bl&ots=ZFDhMU2uJQ&sig=ifFAVKkr5HNqvGYMGIdNMrvPcgY&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj2zvmuiObTAhUL64MKHWIWBaUQ6AEIMTAC#v=onepage&q=noah%20webster%20fidget&f=false

http://nymag.com/news/features/xanax-2012-3/index1.html

http://nymag.com/news/features/xanax-2012-3/index1.html

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/antsylabs/fidget-cube-a-vinyl-desk-toy

https://www.forbes.com/sites/jplafke/2016/12/23/the-199-torqbar-is-the-iphone-of-desk-toys/#394b30217134

https://laurakbuzz.com/2017/02/06/fidget-cubes-awkward-relationship-to-autistic-stimming/

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-benefits-of-fidgeting-for-students-with-adhd-1434994365

http://vbn.aau.dk/en/publications/adhd-and-temporality-a-desynchronized-way-of-being-in-the-world(90ab5afe-7ed1-428c-8da3-6060bcf33bb9).html

https://www.cnet.com/news/fidget-spinner-fidget-cube-influence-on-electronics-and-gadgets/

--ASSET LINKS--

00:31 MATT OX - Overwhelming (Prod. OogieMane)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cZ8-RgtrP0

1:03 5 EASY FIDGET SPINNER TRICKS FOR BEGINNERS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH1fRza6SOU

1:24 How To Make a HAND SPINNER, FIDGET TOY FOR FREE
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INnNFVFtO5g

1:29 Fidget Spinners- The Newest Toy To Twirl Into Americans’ Lives - NBC Nightly News
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPjyjuvuooI

1:46 MATT OX - Overwhelming (Prod. OogieMane)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0cZ8-RgtrP0

4:29 Fidget Spinner Tricks With a Professional Fidgeter
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67AzghKb8QU

4:36 ASMR TRIGGER TOYS - Unique. Intense. Tingly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjLGB4R3-LQ

4:41 Cartier Ad - SNL
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN6df0twmJQ

4:49 Hank's Take- Fidget Spinners and Cubes taking over the school yard
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_rkFlSbLs4

8:27 FIDGET SPINNER SURPRISE CHALLENGE!!! 25 Rare Spinners Showdown!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bcStcaKZvQ

8:35 Binaural ASMR. Popping Bubble Wrap & Crinkling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u4NlkGEfcU

9:39 FIDGET SPINNER SURPRISE CHALLENGE!!! 25 Rare Spinners Showdown!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bcStcaKZvQ


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