Squishies cannot replace human affection. However, due to their pillowy texture and endearing looks, they are extraordinarily comforting. Windsor smith’s squishies combine the familiarity and comfort of a stuffed animal with the cool factor and built-in activity of a fidget spinner.
In this era of the internet, a great number of adults are finding that they need some comfort too. As reported by Quartz in August, latest studies have shown that as much as 33% of Americans are lonely and that a fifth of UK adults report feeling lonely ‘often’ or ‘always’. The situation is not helped by social media with a 2017 research of 1,787 adults in the U.S between ages 19 and 32, published by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, discovered that individuals who stayed longer on social media were more inclined to feel isolated. Whether this is caused by the fact that lonely people go on the internet or because being on the internet makes some people feel isolated, is a question that’s open to discussion. However, it’s quite obvious that when our days are spent typing and swiping on glass and metal, we can end up feeling isolated from other people, and from our own humanity.
Even adults love their squishy toys. It has several explanations that you have got to know about, especially if you have got a beloved toy at home.
There are things that, over time, acquire an emotional value that puts them far above any other object. Things that remind us of people we love very much, at times when we have been very happy or at stages full of great learning.
Surely you have some object that meets these characteristics. It does not matter what it is: a doll you used to play with when you were little, a sweatshirt from your first years in college, a notebook full of little notes between you and your best friend at school.
Toys can be used to pass on affection
Many people keep their dearest toys with the intention of making them pass into the hands of their children when they have them or if they already have them when they are old enough to receive them. This may be due to the desire to transcend through their offspring: my son is like me, so much that he appreciates the same things that I have appreciated.
Another option is the undoubted desire to give happiness to children: if I have been very happy with this stuffed animal, I will give it to my son so he can be happy too. In any case, put your beloved toys in the hands of your children, for these people, an opportunity to strengthen family ties by strengthening a common imaginary and, why not? A new opportunity to play with their toys again in the future.
Some people love to give “new life” to their old toys
In some people, there is a desire to give their beloved toys a second chance, like Toy Story: this doll is beautiful, it has given me many happy times and it is kept in perfect condition, I am going to give it to someone who knows how to love as much as I loved her.
Of course, when you have such a special appreciation for a toy, it is not given to any person, it is not donated to any organization, without more. It looks for someone who can adopt it as if it were a living being. Someone with whom, preferably, you can follow the track to that stroller or that doll that has so much esteem, this is because for that person a toy is a really beloved companion.
Hence, the search for a home for toys can take years and, sometimes, all of life. Many survive changes, separations and, of course, screens in search of cleanliness and order. Some people even elaborate previously the profile of the heir, which brings us back to the first point of this article: when I have a daughter, I will give my stuffed animals.
People develop attachment to toys
Going deeper into the psychological interpretation of clinging to a childhood toy, we find the definition of “attachment object”, which according to specialists in everything whose presence is so comfortable that it is able to help us reduce the anxiety before complicated situations. A very common object of attachment is childhood toys.