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Young Smartphone Addicts’ Skulls Are Growing Horn-Like Bones, Researchers Reveal
By Izza Sofia, 21 Jun 2019
Left image via Shutterstock, right image via Scientific Reports
While it’s no secret that smartphone usage can be detrimental to your health, a new study finds that “horns” can even grow out of your head as a result of an overreliance of phones.
In case you’re wondering how humans might look in the future, researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia reveal that human evolution is already happening. In fact, horn-like bones might be forming on the skulls of smartphone users to adapt to their handheld device obssesions.
This manipulation is formed to help people adjust to an angle of posture that has become more common over the years: one involving the head tilted down while smartphone owners look at the gadgets in their hands.
The strenuous position causes the weight of the head to transfer from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, resulting in the creation of a horn-like spur at the base of the skull.
The study involved 1,200 x-rays of various individuals spanning a range of ages in Queensland. One-third were found to have developed “horns;” larger spurs were also found in photographs of younger people.
In the report, the researchers raise concerns of the “future musculoskeletal health of the young adult population,” stressing the need to raise awareness of the issue through posture improvement education.
If you’re wondering whether you have a horn behind your head, the lead researcher suggests placing your hand over the lower part of your skull. If you feel something protruding, chances are you already have one.
Image via Scientific Reports
[via Fortune, images via various sources]
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