Unless you’ve been living in a wifi-deprived cave 1,000 miles away from the nearest middle school, you’re imminently aware of fidget spinners -- the latest viral sensation to rhapsodize kids across the country. The toys are handheld gadgets that spin around like a top, traditionally meant to help adolescents with attention deficit issues. Now though, they’re cropping up in school yards and Snapchat stories alike, descending upon our collective psyche like a teenage plague.
But where is the fidget spinner epidemic the worst? The e-commerce data firm Slice Intelligence mapped the distribution of the toy in 3,000 counties, citing e-receipts from people who purchased them online this year. According to the report, middle America has the highest concentration of fidget spinners per state, with a solid amount of use appearing in the south. Texas is a prime culprit, but by the looks of the heat map, Florida looks like 7th layer of fidget spinner hell. Utah -- which loves good, clean fun -- is also a major hot spot, as the state “has seen the highest number of spinners sold per capita in 2017, with four spinners sold online for every 100 residents.”