The fidget spinner, once a seemingly unstoppable phenomenon, has come and gone from the market with remarkable speed. The toy, which consists of a small, center-mounted bearing that rotates around a bearing mounted in the center of the toy, became a popular item in 2017 when it made its way into classrooms and homes around the world.
The fidget spinner was created by Catherine Hettinger, a chemical engineer from Florida in 1993. She developed the toy as a way to help her son and others with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). She patented her invention in 1997, however, her patent expired in 2005 due to a lack of commercial success.
In 2017, the fidget spinner rose to prominence on social media. It quickly became a popular trend among school-age children who used it as a tool to relieve boredom or stress. It also became a status symbol of sorts, with some children competing to collect the latest and most expensive versions of the fidget spinner.
Despite its popularity, the fidget spinner’s rise was short-lived. By 2018, the toy had all but vanished from the market. This rapid decline was due to a number of factors, including a saturation of the market with sub-par versions of the toy that lacked quality and durability. The novelty of the toy had worn off, and parents and teachers had grown tired of the disruption it was causing in classrooms.
So, is the fidget spinner really over? It appears so. While it may experience a revival from time to time, it is unlikely to ever experience the same level of success that it did in 2017. It is, however, still a popular tool for those with ADHD and has been found to help improve focus and concentration.
Despite its brief rise and fall in popularity, the fidget spinner has left an indelible mark on toy culture. It has inspired many to create their own versions of the toy, and it has even led some inventors to create new toys, such as the fidget cube, which has a similar concept but with a more complex design.
Ultimately, the fidget spinner is something of an iconic toy, and it will likely continue to have a place in the toy market for years to come. While it may never recapture the level of success it had in 2017, it has still provided millions of children with a way to relieve boredom and stress.