Fidget spinners: they're one of the biggest crazes of 2017. These spinning toys are popular with the young and young at heart – they’ve flown off shelves and been added to cart.
But has your boyfriend/best mate/work colleague spun out the line that they’ve only got one for their health benefits? Ie, they boost concentration and reduce stress?
Turns out, this reasoning is a little shaky, says a new review in Current Opinion In Pediatrics. Yep, that’s right – pediatrics is kids medicine. The authors point out that “peer-reviewed studies do not support the beneficial claims”.
The authors say that despite product advertising to the contrary, there’s no scientific evidence to support the purported benefits of this craze. “Due to a recent surge in popularity, fidget spinners and other self-regulatory occupational therapy toys have yet to be subjected to rigorous scientific research,” the researchers point out.
Of course, if you’re a fidget fan, don’t be too disappointed. There’s no studies now to justify your habit, but a fidget-spinning scientist could conduct one in the future.
Plus, you could justify this habit as a “mindfulness tool” – it worked for adult colouring books, anyway.