Imagine it’s a Wednesday morning and you know that you will have to get through four, 80-minute class periods. As you are trying to pay attention in your first period class, barely being able to sit still, you begin to fidget, which are movements of the hands and feet due to nervousness or impatience. Now, you could begin rapidly begin clicking your pen, but realizing it’s a distraction to your classmates, instead you decide to tap your feet against the ground. While both of these methods can help alleviate some of the stress, they both create a certain amount of noise that annoys your peers as well as your teacher.
In order to cope with this problem multiple students face, researchers Matthew and Mark McLachlan designed a product that is far more entertaining than clicking your pen or stomping your feet. Fidget Cubes are “Desk Toys” designed for the individual that has trouble keeping still in class but wants something to handle that can be done quietly while also helping you maintain focus at times where you are about to fall asleep. However, within the past couple of months, this trend has grown into a fidget sensation where everybody needs one to get them through the day. I personally remember seeing this on Facebook less than a year ago. It was one of those ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ moments because it was a problem myself and many other students face daily. The cube that these men have designed consists of 6 unique sides to keep you busy: Click, glide, flip, breathe, roll, and spin.
Click: Shaped like the 5 side of a di, three of the buttons are able to be clicked audibly to fidget while the other 2 can be silently pressed, making you a sneaky fidgeter. The sound brings me back to clicking my pen in middle school.
Glide: If you’ve ever played an arcade game before, then you have already experienced the sensation. The joystick smoothly glides across the surface, feeling as though you are playing Call of Duty on X-Box.
Flip: When I was a kid, I used to flip the light switch in my room constantly, irritating my parents. The flip side brings those childhood memories back as the switch rocks back and forth between your fingers.
Breathe: In the ancient times, they used worry stones to relieve anxiety. This stone allows you to rock back and forth in between fidgets to diminish any worries you may have.
Roll: Consisting of 3 Tactile gears and a Clickable ball, this puts your fidgeting to the test. The gears can be rotated at various speeds and the ball can either be rolled around or pressed into the socket.
Spin: This is my favorite side of the cube. The rotating dial makes for smooth fidgeting, bringing tranquility to my mind. Spinning around in circles has never been to smooth. Every time I bring out the cube, this is my go-to side because it helps me focus without creating any noise.
If you’d like to purchase one, you can get them in a variety of colors here, on Amazon, or even on Ebay. If you fear the Fidget Cube is too overwhelming, don’t worry. There’s another gadget that I’d recommend because it provides more entertainment between your fingertips all thanks to Catherine Hettinger: Fidget Spinners.
Within the past month, fidget spinners have grown in popularity faster than the cube. Simply place the gadget in between your thumb and index finger and enjoy hours of anxiety relief. I have been using the 3D printed fidget spinner from the library for a month and can say that I’m impressed with its ability to function. The spinner is able to keep me occupied throughout the class period without becoming a distraction to my classmates. Who would have thought that a spinner in between your hands would provide enough entertainment to keep you focused? Now, I have had experience with the manufactured one as well and understand why students have become addicted to using these throughout the day. As it spins between your fingers, it glides smoothly for at least 2.5 minutes. It’s so easy to use and, rather than being bulky, it fits perfectly in your pocket for the on-the-go fidgeter. The spinners can be purchased on their website, on Amazon, or on Ebay. If you purchase it through their website, you can customize your spinner to your liking. For starters, you can choose the design of your spinner: ninja star, six point star, or acrylic. Once you have chosen your favorite design, you can choose the color of the spinner itself, the cap colors, and the type of bearings (metal part of the skateboard wheels) that will be on the sides of the spinner. If you look on their website, you can choose how many bearings your spinner has, which can range from two bearings to as many as six bearings. The plus side is that they range from $7 to $37. Now, that may seem like a lot, but always remember that you can customize it. With the fidget cubes, you only get to choose the color of the cube.
After having experience with both of these gadgets, fidget spinners are the better investment because it is easier to use, comes in a variety of styles and colors, and is cheaper. I’d rather spend less on a product that I can customize than a cube for one price. If you haven’t had a chance to get your hands on one, don’t stress out. A group of students in the 2nd period Business Entrepreneurship class will be selling LF themed spinners in the near future.
From the classroom to the work desk, people have experienced fidgeting at one point or another. Though the fidget fad is just beginning, with the growth of these gadgets, they are here to stay. This simple gadget has helped ease some of my own anxiety and I can testify that is a worthwhile purchase. So when the business class comes out with the spinners, put that money to good use and invest in a spinner today.