Are Fidget Toys Bad for You?

Fidget toys were made with adults and kids in mind, especially those struggling with anxiety, ADHD, autism, or other behavioral disorders. 

Fidgeting is the body’s natural response to boredom, apprehension, anxiety, restlessness, frustration, ADHD, confusion, the inability to concentrate, or a combination of any of the aforementioned. 

Fidgeting is simply the body’s way of expelling excess energy, giving the brain something to “focus on,” resulting in lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 

Are Fidget Toys Bad for You?

There has been some debate on whether fidgeting is bad for a person. While no research has confirmed any harm, some think fidgeting is too distracting, but others see it as a tool to focus on a task at hand. Researchers are beginning to discover what natural fidgeters of every type have been doing all along. 

While a person with ADHD might be unaware of their fidgeting, those behaviors are not involuntary. Those with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) experience anxiety that can look like fidgeting—but are actually tics.

Tics are not intentional and are distressing movements to the person experiencing them. Some with OCD can use toys to avoid dealing with the obsessions and compulsions—it gives them something else to focus on. 

So while fidget toys do not necessarily cure any disorder, it’s a great tool that helps those struggling with their tics. It gives those struggling with anxiety a distraction and a way to feel at ease and focused. 

Our Moov Mini Fidget Toy

At Kando, our mission is simple. With the collaboration of expert psychologists and child behavioral therapists, we wanted to develop a truly on-trend, take-anywhere, therapeutic tool that could comfort, calm, quiet, and center – in seconds!

Designed for adults and children on the autism spectrum or with other social and/or behavioral disorders, the Moov Mini has been shown to distract and deflect from negative emotions, increase concentration, and boost test scores in schoolchildren. 

Learn more about our Moov Mini today!