The fidget spinner craze has swept across Australia.
The fidget spinner craze has swept across Australia. ThamKC

OPINION: Fidget spinners will end up in a drawer somewhere

FOLKS, a couple of weeks ago I found one of those little spinner things in our house, so I gave it a twirl. Three hours later it was wrested from my mits and flung out the front door. I still haven't found it.

Most human beings are fiddlers. That's why we love swings, rocking horses, office chairs that spin and sway, retractable pens, clickers, desk ball pendulums, or any number of fiddly items guaranteed to drive certain people wild. This is because some of us are more, well, fidgety, than others.

And, if you're a fellow fidgeter like me then you probably spent your school years being punished in a variety of interesting ways for jiggling your knee, tapping your foot, twirling your pencils, or twiddling with a compass, ruler or practically anything you get could your twitching little hands on.

I can't recall any teachers who liked fiddlers, jigglers, twirlers or tappers. The thing is though, when my hands were preoccupied my brain was engaged. Seriously, stop me fiddling and I'll stop thinking!

Still, I want the record to show that I did manage to stop fidgeting for several years simply by taking up smoking, but when I gave up, I returned to jiggling with a vengeance bordering on manic.

If I know anything about fidgeters it's this: it won't be long before these little gewgaws are tossed into a drawer alongside our stringless yo-yos, broken Tamagotchis, leaking falling sand pictures, disassembled Rubik's cubes, cracked pet rocks and anything else we quickly grew bored with.

Plus I'm fairly sure we won't have to wait long before the next annoying but addictive little device arrives to amuse us fiddling fidgeters. In the meantime I'll go back to clicking my biro, if I can find it.

Greg Bray blogs at

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