The Fidget Spinner-Hype Explained

Ein gut recherchierter Erklärungsansatz zur Fidget Spinner-Manie, die ja auch hierzulande aktuell ausgebrochen ist.fidget

28.05.2017

Ganz abgesehen davon, dass es ja immer irgendwelche Toys gibt, die weltweit verramscht werden:

Fidget spinners, and other fidgety devices, have been around for a bit but only since the end of last year have they been a bona fide craze: Forbes described these things as the “must have office toy” in December, but by this month The New York Times described them as “the Hula Hoop of Generation Z”: referencing the worldwide adolescent craze from the 1950s. And, I mean, yeah. Fair. There are 5 spinners here in an office of, like, ten people; there’s an ENTIRE YouTube ecosystem around them. In my neighborhood, which has three middle-and-high schools, the sidewalks are LITTERED with fidget spinner packaging. Global sales estimates are in the TENS OF MILLIONS. The assumed purpose of the fidget spinner is to help people, particularly students, concentrate … to give an outlet to excess energy caused by stress, or anxiety… But many teachers have been saying, actually, tool-assisted fidgeting is not an aid to concentration, but a hindrance. What I want to figure out is, how we got here – how the constellation of meanings around fidgeting, and who does it, launched a tool reportedly suited for promoting calm concentration to SENSATION status, and how THAT may feed back into how we think of fidgeting.

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