Fidget Spinner Etiquette

Fidget spinners are a hit!  They currently occupy every spot in Amazon’s twenty top-selling toys. Kids love fidget spinners but the same can’t be said for adults. Teachers complain that they are a major distraction in the classroom and some schools have banned their use.

As with every new gadget, device and toy, etiquette experts must weigh the pros and cons of the item and the appropriate etiquette associated with the item. In the age of viral videos fads sweep the world with a vengeance making it ever more important to address proper etiquette.

In this video, Seth (with Willow’s assistance) discusses fidget spinners and provides his smart take on fidget spinner etiquette.

Fidget Spinner Etiquette Video Transcript

Unless you just flew in from the planet Mars, you recognize this spinning toy. It is all the rage with school age kids taking the place of last year’s water bottle flipping and dabbing. This metal toy is a a fidget spinner. Some of the marketing for the fidget spinner says the toy is ideal for people with autism or ADHD. That claim surprises me since they are pretty distracting and it is tough to pay attention to a lesson when staring at the spinning toy.

Fidget spinners are all over the map when it comes to price. They range from one dollar to thirty dollars and I have even seen them for more than that. You might have seen kids in the mall spinning them or maybe your own kids can’t put them down. My parents have banned them from the dinner table along with technological devices.

I admit that I have had some problems with the fidget spinner. I drop it on the floor all the time, I have dropped it numerous times onto a glass tabletop, I have hit my dog’s mouth with it and clanked it against her teeth, and tangled it into my sister’s hair.

I came up with a list of pros and cons for the fidget spinner.

Pros and Cons of Fidget Spinner Use

Pros Cons
Claims to help children with ADHD and kinesthetic learners focus better It is distracting in class and even hums a little
It is a great way to help kids keep their hands occupied in class vs. tapping a pencil When dropped it is a startling annoyance to those around
Kids can have fun and strengthen relationships by trading them and creating games They are an easy item to steal and kids fight over them
They divert kids away from screen use Teachers dislike them and prefer to keep them out of the classroom

Seth’s Fidget Spinner Etiquette
In conclusion I love my fidget spinner but after weighing the pros and cons I realize I have to create limits around my use. It is better for me not to bring it to class. I am not going to use it around our glass tables, around my dog’s face or near my sister’s long hair. I am going to put it into my pocket if an adult seems annoyed by it. Kids should get permission from their parents before making a permanent trade and definitely not help themselves to other people’s fidget spinners. There are all sorts of items like phones, video games and fidget spinners that can distract and annoy and it is up to the owner not to bother others.

Thank you Seth and Willow!

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