True story: I’m a 42-year-old father of two who’s so out of the loop when it comes to what’s hip that an 80-year-old friend had to clue me into the fidget spinner craze!
When I checked into it, I was surprised to discover fidget spinners are shaping up to be a $500 million sub-industry within the larger world of toys.
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If you’re like me and had no idea what a fidget spinner is, let’s take a step back…
Fidget spinners are therapeutic tools for kids with ADHD and Autism. Proponents of the spinners say flicking them helps fidgety children calm down and remain focused in a classroom setting. Detractors, of course, say there’s no science to back up that claim and that they’re just a nuisance in the classroom.
The reality is that fidget spinners are being embraced by kids and adults of all stripes who don’t have a medical reason for using them.
I spoke with my nephew who is a freshman in high school and he told me he paid more than $20 for a fidget spinner while on a recent trip to Myrtle Beach! (He’s since lost the darn thing!)
And if you’re curious about who invented the fidget spinner, Money has the answer.