As a person who needs a deck of cards or a coin in their hands ALL the freakin’ time, I consider myself a fidgeter. If you get into magic, you’ll know what I mean. So when these fidget spinners and cubes started becoming all the rage, I was immediately intrigued. I think a discussion about the pros and cons of fidget spinners and cubes is a pertinent one to have before these things inundate the classroom and workplace…if they haven’t already.
For the uninitiated, fidget spinners and cubes are devices (toys?) that are designed to aid children and adults who have difficulties concentrating in the classroom or the conference room by giving their hands something to fidget with. The idea is to create an outlet for all that extra energy. So what exactly are fidget spinners and cubes? Instead of explaining what they are and how they operate, check out this video first…
Back? Ok, now my two cents. I bought one of each. My idea was, while watching TV, whenever I had the urge to pick up a deck of cards, or a coin, or a Rubik’s Cube (I’m also a speedcuber), I’d pick up either the fidget spinner or cube instead, play with it, then see whether my urge to fidget would be satisfied. Quite the scientific study! 🙂 So did they do the job? Short answer: no. Longer answer: For me, no. Granted, I’m biased towards grabbing a deck of cards, or coins, or a Rubik’s Cube in this situation because I’m trying to accomplish something (e.g., practicing sleight-of-hand moves, speedsolving faster), instead of simply trying to quell the fidgeting.
So will these help others? They might. Not really sure. I’ll start with the spinner. As you saw in the video, despite the low whirring, it STILL makes noise. If I were a teacher, I wouldn’t allow them in my classroom. That, and the fact that when spinning, these things are mesmerizing. If anything, they’re more of a distraction than a concentration aid. Or put another way, they help you concentrate…on IT, not the teacher, or the work piling up on your desk.
Fidget cubes are also definitely noisy. If there was a quieter one, it might be acceptable in the classroom or conference room. Might. One category of fidgeters that might benefit from a fidget cube are what I call the “pen clickers,” you know, those annoying office mates who constantly click their pens during meetings or at their desks. From their perspective, it might help with their habit. But from everyone else’s, they’re STILL annoying AF, audibly and compulsively clicking a cube instead of a pen. (Sorry [not sorry], pen clickers, you ARE annoying and need to find another way to break your bad habit!)
Just try them out. If they help you, great. If not, don’t trip. There’s always beer.