Phone use causing horns to grow on young people's skulls, study believes

Grant Boone
June 21, 2019

Research has created a panic situation among technology users which stated that horns are growing on human's skull due to excessive use of cellphones.

Young people are growing bony bumps at the base of their skulls, Australian researchers have found - and smartphones could be to blame.

Young people may be developing horn-like bumps on their skulls due to the extended use of technology like smartphones and tablets, according to a study published a year ago that flew under the radar for months.

Here's what the researchers say is happening: Frequent users of mobile devices regularly tilt their heads forward to view them.

The researchers claim that their find is the first documented "physiological or skeletal adaptation" to the modern technology in our daily lives.

The bone spurs are a sign of serious posture issues that can cause chronic headaches and pain in the upper back and neck, study first author David Shahar, a chiropractor who recently completed a biomechanics, told the Post.

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What is most striking about the discovery is that the bone spur formation decreased with age. The study came out past year but has received fresh attention following the publication last week of a BBC story that considers, "How modern life is transforming the human skeleton".

Among the hundreds of 18-to-30-year-old subjects whose X-rays were studied, nearly half had developed the bone spurs on the back of their heads. The feature was more prevalent among men than among women.

Yet another study made the case that the cause isn't genetic, but a result of the modern posture of staring down at tiny screens.

The sort of strain required for bone to infiltrate the tendon pointed him to handheld devices that bring the head forward and down, requiring the use of muscles at the back of the skull to prevent the head from falling to the chest. Almost 1,200 X-Ray images of young adult Australians were studied by the faculty at the University of Sunshine Coast, Queensland to arrive at the conclusion. Larger spurs were much more prominent in younger people.

As motivation, he suggested reaching a hand around to the lower rear of the skull.

However, he did note that these growths don't usually cause problems on their own, even though the body's compensation for poor posture can have negative effects.

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