Fidget Spinners Are NOT Toys

Fidget spinners are small devices made to help keep people who have different disorders (autism, sensory, anxiety, etc.) keep their symptoms in check, and to help keep their mind busy. They were made to be a medical tool, not a toy for your little Joey or Susan to play with.

I am unsure of what sparked this toy’s popularity within the past few weeks, but as someone with anxiety, I am sick of seeing it everywhere. I am ashamed that the store I work in sells them as toys. I am ashamed to read stories of these medical tools being banned in schools because your child without a disorder is using them to disrupt the classroom (and/or possibly hurt someone, accidentally or otherwise). These children are purposely “making a scene” with them, and it’s causing the children who actually need them, pain. The people who use them as a medical tool, do not cause distractions with them. If they do, it is very rare.

What’s worse is that advertising companies are exploiting mental illness. I have seen numerous companies attempt to brand them as “a cool new toy! Look how fast they spin! Spin two or more at once!” and other garbage. These spinners are NOT toys and were never meant to be toys for the “average” Joe/Jane. These spinners are medical tools for those who would actually medically benefit from them.

In my eyes, this is just as bad as a company advertising a walking cane as a “cool new toy” or a wheelchair as “the BRAND NEW TOY everyone wants”. It’s disgraceful and shameful.

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.

I’m a queer adopted healthcare worker who writers in their spare time. I have a MPH degree.