Smartphones Make You Develop Horns; Tech Disorder Linked To Skull Bumps

Researchers made a shocking discovery about the effect of spending too much time on your smartphone. The use of the electronic devices was found to be triggering the development of a horn-like bump in the skull among younger people called bone spurs.

The University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia researchers Dr. David Shahar and Mark Sayers explained to the BBC last week how modern life has changed the human skeleton. They claimed that bone growths developed in the skull due to extensive smartphone use. The same was caused by sustained “forward head flexion,” or the bending of the head while looking down which could lead to poor posture. The researchers speculated that the growths caused the physiological changes in the skull.

Their study was initially published in Scientific Reports. In it, they analyzed the effects of smartphone use on the human body. The researchers uncovered that 400 adults aged 18 to 86 developed bony growth on their skull’s base due to smartphone use. The younger ones were found with larger growths.

Prominent Exostosis

The researchers labeled the growths as prominent exostosis that were found at the external occipital proturbance. They also referred to the growths as bone spurs since they are located at the lowest part of the skull. The small bone formations are said to develop at the edges of human bones. The body then treats them as damage to the bone and counters them by growing more bone. They would then be formed from repetitive motions such as tilting the head forward – the same activity that occurs when one looks at a smartphone.

The growths noted in the study were described to be 10 to 31 millimeters in size. Some developed bigger ones which could be felt as a small lump by the back of the head. The researchers indicated that there is a lack of research and scientific facts that determine the magnitude of extensive use of technologies to the human body. They also highlighted that gadgets have taken part in our daily lives but it has only been a decade since this activity became common. Thus, they suggested that the related symptomatic disorders are only starting to surface.

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