Do Fidgets Affect our Learning?


Zahara Abedin and Blake Clancy

Fidgets have been around for several years, and people have forgotten its purpose. Fidgets were originally created to help students pay attention in class, but do they really help students stay mentally present in class?

“Cognitive research suggests that fidgeting is associated with how stimulated we are,” wrote The Conversation.

Many kids don’t focus when they are surrounded by distractions; while other kids can’t focus without having something in their hand. This falls under the science and study of physiology. Many people fidget or move around without noticing it. This could twirling a pen in your hand, tapping your heel up and down, or even cracking your knuckles.

“The fidgets were designed for kids with ADHD, but now the privilege of them is being abused,” said Leia Zirogiannis, 7.

There are lots of upsides to fidgets corresponding to learning, but they are only meant for certain people. Fidgets are meant for people who have mental disorders that can inhibit their learning, such as, anxiety or ADHD.

As the high demand for fidgets increases, sales of fidgets have been increasing too, which makes it difficult for people who need them to access them.

Today, fidgets can be found almost anywhere, and the craze has caused the fidgets to loose their main purpose.