If you find your fingers are generally a raw, bloody mess due to your boredom-induced nail-biting, or you're driving your cubicle neighbors insane from your desk-drumming and pen-clicking, fidget toys might be the cure for your nervous or bored energy. Stress balls and desk toys have been around forever, but a recent trend in fidget toys adds a collectible, high-quality -- and often expensive -- flair to finding a place to dump your excess energy.
Much in the way the Fidget Cube's buttons and dials don't "do" anything other than get pressed and turned, fidget spinners spin. That's it. They feel nice in your hand like worry stones do, and they easily spin with a flick of the finger. The spinners tend to come in a variety of metal bodies, like brass, copper, stainless steel, and titanium, and are constructed to spin for a while if you want to zone out and stare -- the heavier the metal, the longer the spin. Generally, you'll be flicking them back and forth more than you'll be trying to reach their maximum spin time.
When introducing testers or random passersby to a spinner, the conversation always went the same way. We'd tell them what it was and they'd have some sort of aggressively incredulous response, but then we'd put it in their hand and in a matter of seconds they'd say how much they like it and wouldn't want to give it back -- every single time, without fail.
It may not sound like it, but these fidget toys -- the Cube included -- could very well improve your day-to-day by giving you an innocuous outlet for your nervous or bored energy, and our testers unanimously found this to be true. Some of us played with the spinners instead of bit our nails and cuticles -- I went from short nails and raw skin to being able to squeeze a lemon into a glass of water with no problem. Some found we were more present in our daily lives -- fidgeting with the spinner on the subway and paying attention to our surroundings rather than burying our faces in our phones. A few of us noticed we got up from our desks less, dumping energy into fidgeting with the spinner rather than taking mindless trips to the pantry. Our engagement level with the spinners varied from tester to tester, but we all preferred having them around, and found ourselves reaching for it when we were doing things that didn't require both hands, from editing an article to simply waiting for the elevator.