Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spinners


Last Monday was the first time I noticed them. I can't say I'd never seen them before for sure, but Monday was the day it kind of exploded.

What are they? Spinners.


Since last Monday, I have seen at least one on at least one student every school day. I think this qualifies as a fad. Because now it seems they're everywhere.


As your in-the-trenches observer of teen culture, I felt it my duty to report the new trend. They aren't irritating like water bottle tossing or Charlie, Charlie. They aren't messy like slime or gummy bear goo. As far as fads go, I'm kind of okay with this one at the moment.

But you know at some point they will be banned. Because, teens and fads go too far. Somehow. Someway.

The spinners make no sound, so they don't disturb a silent class. (And I've seen them in silent classes.) They're kind of a physical white noise (which I can get behind as knitting serves that purpose for me). I kind of want one.

It's hard to see what they are from static images, so here's a video (skip ahead to where they start playing with them):


Has anyone else seen these? Now that you know about them, do you want one? (I'm genuinely curious.)

29 comments:

  1. Never seen one. They'll probably last more than most fads before being banned since they make no sound. Don't think I need one though.

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  2. Being that Caleb know longer lives with me and I am not out and about as much since I retired I have not seen these. I will have to keep my eyes open and check these out!

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    1. Next time you talk to Caleb, ask him about them.

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  3. I just heard of these things yesterday. Had no idea what they were.

    And yeah...that water bottle challenge thing was super annoying.

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  4. Never heard of these. They do look kind of cute. I'll see if the fad makes it to my 11-1/2 year old step granddaughter's school.

    betty

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  5. There's a whole box of them on the counter next to the cash register at every 7-11 convenience store in my neighborhood. I think they showed up shortly after the fidget cubes.

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06Y2JR6XP/ref=asc_df_B06Y2JR6XP4967535/?tag=hyprod-20&creative=395033&creativeASIN=B06Y2JR6XP&linkCode=df0&hvadid=167133081541&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=15795112736244581019&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9004511&hvtargid=pla-301839451888

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    1. Ah! So that's it. Thanks. I wondered why everyone suddenly had one.

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  6. I think I want one for my ADHD kid too. It might not work, but it might help. Thanks for the heads up!

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  7. I've not seen these but I have had my eye on a fidget cube for a while. Like you I like to have something to keep my hands busy, whether that's knitting, colouring in or fiddling with a pen and I think I'd be a lot less of a nuisance in team meetings if I had something to do with my fingers that wasn't too distracting for everyone.

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  8. I don't need one, but I think they'd be a bonus for overactive people anywhere they had to sit quietly and listen for a long. Daughter says they are in her school & fidget cubes.
    The coffee is always on in Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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  9. They have been causing a big stir in our area. Teachers are banning them from classes and parents are going nuts. The parents think they help kids focus. Someone is saying they are good for kids with ADHD. Well, ALL kids don't have ADHD. Even though it seems like it nowdays. Harley says they are annoying to her in her classrooms. If they don't make a noise I'm not sure how they are annoying. But I do NOT see the need for kids to have a toy in school. What in the heck is this world coming to. Play with your toys at home!! I guess I am just an old lady!

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    1. Oh, you know how teens annoy each other. Now let's spin the thing and brush it against a neighbor. Let me spin this out in the open so everyone is watching it. Let's play instead of doing the assignment. I knew it was just a matter of time before they'd take it too far...

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  10. They seem pretty cool. I bet they'd be good for people who need to fidget with their hands. They probably help with concentration, too.

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  11. I haven't seen one in person, I'm surprised it didn't pop up earlier at your school!

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    1. Me too. Although, they could have just come out. Or I'm only now noticing them.

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  12. Uh, no. Don't know. Don't care. Don't want one. I need two hands to type fiction. ~grin~ Good luck!

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  13. Interesting! I guess it helps the fidgety kids?

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  14. Never heard of them or seen one. I was looking on amazon for a quilt pattern called "Sand Castle"
    Coffee is on

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  15. Yes, I'm familiar with fidget toys/gadgets. I have a fidgety kid, er, teen boy. He drives me crazy with the water bottle flipping!!!!!

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    1. The activity isn't so bad, but the incessant smack of the water bottle sends me up a wall. Have you banished that activity to outside, at least?

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  16. Haha....never heard of these till I read your post yesterday then last night on a local selling site on FB there were some for sale!! haha

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    1. Now that you know about them, you'll see them everywhere.

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  17. I've seen some teachers posting about them and not always in a positive way. Seems some are already causing trouble with them :/

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  18. I'm here in Aussie land and saw one the other day. There was a crowd around a kid in the playground and sure enough... contraband. I just said "No toys at school. Don't let me see it again" I'm sure these things are invented just to annoy teachers.

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    1. Yes, apparently. They were talking about them on the radio just this morning. That didn't take long (for them to be used to the point of needed to be banned).

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