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.)