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Fidget Spinners: Beneficial or Distraction?

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 Student tries out a fidget spinner for the first time. He loved the way they spun and decided he wanted to get one himself.

Student tries out a fidget spinner for the first time. He loved the way they spun and decided he wanted to get one himself.

Student tries out a fidget spinner for the first time. He loved the way they spun and decided he wanted to get one himself.

Joe G., Staff Writer

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Recently, schoolyards across the country have been getting taken over by small gadgets called “Fidget Spinners.” Kids love the way they spin on your finger and how they can do tricks. However, along with spinners, a debate has also been spreading around schoolyards. Are spinners beneficial for school, or just a distraction?

Spinners are considered a toy, although in some ways they can be very beneficial. Manufacturers say that not only are these spinners fun to play with, but they can be very helpful for people with ADHD, anxiety, autism, and many other conditions. According to Fast Company, a teacher talking about her students mentioned, “I don’t know whether they like the gravity spin on their fingers, but it really settles them down. It works!” The research, shows there is a correspondence between working with your hands, memory, and creativity. This means you’ll increase these three things just by fidgeting with a toy, which will no doubt help you in and out of school.

Yes, there are many benefits, and yet spinners are becoming so popular that they might be too popular. With so many kids and students getting their hands on them, they may be losing their purpose. People are starting to forget what they are meant for. History teacher Mrs. Moon-Rush stated, “I think they are good for the kids if they need them, but they are such a craze that they aren’t being used for the right reasons.”

Like many schools, teachers and students here at Stone have mixed opinions on spinners.. Teacher’s and even student’s opinions are split 50/50. There are many different opinions on spinners, as most students here own one or have used one. Mario D, 7th grade, admitted, “[spinners] distract me sometimes when I’m using them.” Nevertheless, seventh grader Andrew stated, “[spinners] are beneficial because personally, fidgeting helps me focus in school.”

While reading this article, you may have wondered why people fidget. Fidgeting is believed to occupy the parts of the brain that have become bored. This way, the rest of your brain can focus on what you’re doing, because according to Fast Company, the brain isn’t capable of focusing 100% on only one task. In conclusion, spinners can sometimes be a distraction but if they are used in the correct way, they can be very beneficial.

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