Fidget spinners—little twirling gadgets that are all the rage among a certain youthful age group—are literally fidgeting and spinning off shelves faster than suppliers and retailers can stock them. Available at brick-and-mortar retailers such as Wal-Mart, Walgreens and 7-Eleven, online searches for these addictive contraptions began spiking in April, according to Google trends.
Ready-made for point-of-purchase impulse buys, fidget spinners are being marketed as an aid for people who are stressed or have ADHD, autism or anxiety. But they're also a distraction in class. Teachers across the country are banning them from their classrooms. Vox Media recently quoted a teacher venting via a blog post: "The only thing my students seem to focus on ... is the spinner, itself, and not their work. It's like a friggin' siren song."
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