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Fidget Spinners? No! No! No! Bring Back the Yo-Yo!

I write what I think about and that's the truth. Every once in awhile, some current event will pull me in and an article might pop out.

A basic fidget spinner.

A basic fidget spinner.

Puzzled About Fidget Spinners

When I first saw a fidget spinner, I was genuinely puzzled.

I know, I know, they have been around for some time, but it takes me a while to realize that something new is on the scene.

I kept asking myself, "What is it for?"

I saw children and adults alike with the things and they were simply spinning them and looking at them with fascination like cats look at infrared lights.

Of course my first question was, "But what does it do?" and when I got the answer—"It spins!"—I became even more puzzled. I followed it up with, "And this entertains you?" And a shrug was given by way of answer as well as brightly lit eyes full of intrigue.

I went away, my eyebrows decidedly furrowed.

As time went on, more and more fidget spinners started to appear. Again, I was shocked upon learning that it is the norm to have more than one. The children get excited about getting a new one. It seems that you can't just have one because they are all unique. To me, they just looked like they had a different pattern.

What was the big deal anyway?

The Craze Goes On

I then began to see many videos about fidget spinners, including using them to apply makeup. Say what again?

All I could think, and continue to think, is that the makers of the fidget spinner probably never expected it to get so out of hand and they have probably rubbed their hands together in glee at the gullibility of humans.

'The thing just spins!' I keep thinking, and I have to say I am beginning to get quite indignant about it.

It is supposed to help those with A.D.D. or A.D.H.D. by calming them, but I just see it as a distraction and one that fails to build thought processes which I would hope is the goal with someone who has serious problems paying attention.

Gullibility - readiness to believe the claims of others without sufficient evidence

Fidget Spinner Makeup—I Can't Even.

The Yo-Yo Makes More Sense

All of the children I have seen with fidget spinners do not stop fidgeting, they simply fidget with the spinners. As someone who likes to see a point to things one alternative toy automatically popped into my head—the yo-yo of course.

Yo-yo's have been around for decades but, in my opinion, they never get old and they are far more useful than these fidget spinners.

They can spin just as well or better than the spinner but it takes some coordination to get the yo-yo working and the child has to concentrate and focus in order to achieve the very many tricks that can be done with a yo-yo.

Hmm....concentration, focus....aren't they two things that children with A.D.D. and A.D.H.D. lack?

Cool Tricks That Can Be Done With A Yo-Yo.

Mastering the Yo-Yo Gives the Child A Sense of Accomplishment

When a child learns a new yo-yo trick, then the feeling of accomplishment will bring about confidence in them. They'll begin to think, 'I can learn things.' or 'I can focus.' and there will be much improvement in overall outlook.

What sense of accomplishment, I ask you, is found in a fidget spinner? Can you get the fidget spinner to play dead? Can you make it go around the world? I didn't think so.

Anybody can spin. Anybody.

New Mission—Bring Back the Yo-Yo

It's now become my own personal mission to mention yo-yo's whenever I hear the words fidget spinner or see one in 'action' (and I use the word very lightly). It may be just a blurting of 'yo-yo!' or a poetic ode to the yo-yo that Baron would be proud of, but I bring it up purely out of the sheer feeling of annoyance that fidget spinners bring about in me.

Has it gone well?

Sadly, no.

I mention the yo-yo while they mindlessly spin and they stop for a moment and tell me that they own one that they don't use anymore.

Would I like to have it?

The offer is genuine. All I can do is shake my head.

Never Give Up!

My new plan is to get a yo-yo myself—not one of their rejects—a bright, new, shiny one, and learn some tricks to show off in front of them. Then, perhaps, they will be intrigued enough to say, "Lemme try!" and then I will say, "Get your own!"

Let's be honest here. Even if they don't, I just want a yo-yo now. I keep remembering how much fun it was to learn the tricks as a kid and I feel like I can't wait to get one!

This is what the fidget spinner has led me to. I need a yo-yo in my life. Stat!

© 2017 North Wind


North Wind (author) from The World (for now) on June 27, 2017:

Hi lambservant,

I agree about children with autism. I can see how it could be comforting to them in some way.

Yes. I watch them spin for about the same amount of time as you do but what keeps me enthralled is the expression on the children's faces and they show with somuch earnestness and excitement. I get amused and puzzled at the same time and think, surely this can't be something that captivates them for a long time.

As for yo-yos, I failed to mention in the article how bad I was those years ago. I will chose to act like it didn't happen! Ha!

Lori Colbo from United States on June 27, 2017:

I got a really good kick out of this. I just went to see some grandkids and one of them, age 10, had several fidget spinners. I did get a kick out of watching them spin but I also found myself wondering why these were such a big deal. What was their purpose?

I don't see them as helping ADD except that one's mind is focused on something meaningless, it has no value in that way. I can't say they are wrong. I do like watching them spin for about 30 seconds, tops. I can see it helping some people with autism.

I cannot imagine owning one and finding any value but who knows. I love yo yos, but I am terrible at making them work. I love to watch the tricks people do with them.