New Research: Young People Are Growing Bone Spur “Horns” From Smartphone Use

by | Jun 20, 2019 | Headline News | 22 comments

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    Australian researchers have found odd bone spurs growing out of the skulls of young people. These “horns” are said to be due to the increasing use of smartphones.

    Since the research was published, unusual formations have captured the attention of Australian media, and have variously been dubbed “head horns” or “phone bones” or “spikes” or “weird bumps.” Each is a fitting description, said David Shahar, the paper’s first author, who is a chiropractor and recently completed a Ph.D. in biomechanics at Sunshine Coast.

    Mobile technology has transformed almost every aspect of our daily lives and that includes our physical anatomy. What we have a hard time grasping is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit, reported The Washington Post. 

    In academic papers, a pair of researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, found that the prevalence of the bone growth in younger adults points to shifting body posture brought about by the use of modern technology. The research suggests that smartphones and other handheld devices are contorting the human form by requiring users to bend their heads forward to see what’s happening on the miniature screens.

    New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.

    The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck. –The Washington Post

    This is the first research to link phone use to bone-deep changes in the human body. “An important question is what the future holds for the young adult populations in our study when [the] development of a degenerative process is evident in such an early stage of their lives?” ask the authors in one paper, published in Nature Research’s peer-reviewed, open-access Scientific Reports.

    Although this research was published last year, it’s gaining renewed attention as people continue to suffer ailments like “text thumb” because they use their phones so much.

    Shahar said that the formation of such “horns” is a sign of a serious deformity in a person’s posture.  This deformity can cause chronic headaches and pain in the upper back and neck. The danger is not the head horn itself, said Mark Sayers, an associate professor of biomechanics at Sunshine Coast who served as Shahar’s supervisor and co-author. Rather, the formation is a “portent of something nasty going on elsewhere, a sign that the head and neck are not in the proper configuration,” he told The Post.


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      1. According to these nitwits the old style telephones should have produced two headed humans .

      2. Not going to deter 1% of the cellphone addicts..
        If the study would have revealed that excessive cellphone use caused uncontrollable runny diarrhea,that MIGHT deter the majority of cellphone addicts,simply because nobody wants to have the runs,especially in public..

      3. My wife and I worry about elder care and how we’ll be cared for when we are near end of life, unable to care for ourselves. We have two adult kids but recognize that they may not be able to care for us, especially round the clock care we might possibly need.

        I shudder to think of the level of care the younger generations will provide to today’s Baby Boomers in 10-20 years, not too mention they hate us for reasons unknown. By then the young people of today will be useless after having destroyed their brains with all their never-ending drama, binge drinking, pot smoking and Smartphones that make them dumb.

      4. Aren’t all young people “horny”? I sure was back then

      5. Sw, LOL. So was I way back in the day. But I’d say they’re definitely bigger shitheads now than they used to be.

      6. Millennial Mutants

        • How about: Shambling, texting, slack-jawed, mouth-breathing, vaping, brain-dead Mall Zombies? It fits. I see them every day.

      7. As those who have been posting on this site for very long know, I’m one to point and laugh at these sorts of “studies”. However, the distance from the microwave transmitting antenna in a cell phone to your skull is very short. There just might be something to this.

        • They’re growing a new antennae…

      8. I remember a couple of years ago I saw this woman at a cafe younger than me. She had a very odd looking forward curve of her head from shoulders to neck. After she got her order and was leaving she was looking down at her phone and the forward curve looked more “normal” for her. That really explained it and how other studies have documented an increase in corrective neck surgeries due to phone use.

      9. Jesus ! I guess the weaponized frequency’s are working.

      10. If you think we have mutations now just wait until 5G is implemented.

      11. 100% pure bullshit

      12. I’m surprised that 90% of the population isn’t suffering from a crick in their neck from starring down all the time..

      13. Use your horns to headbutt clickbaiters. Qapla’!

      14. The article left out cloven hooves and glowing red eyes.

      15. I predict future kids will be born with absolutely no neck vertebrae and the heads just hanging there. 2 little tiny t-Rex arms and just thumbs for texting. No legs they just have a Vienna sausage body.

      16. Human health is not even on the list of concerns from the telecommunications cabal. 5G everyone while the pushers of that technology remain silent amid wide opposition.

        • The cellular industry is pushing microchip implants. And the banksters are cheering them on.

      17. Where you Amish and Luddites see bone spurs, the social Darwinists see a nascent telephone antenna.

      18. Maybe its the result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies? 1st, consider that the RDA is based upon the MINIMUM amount of vitamins and minerals necessary to AVOID showing signs of deficiency. For instance, the RDA of Vitamin C is the amount necessary to avoid scurvy. Further, there are studies indicating that a person requires 68 different minerals for health while the majority of same have been long stripped from the soil.

        This is NOT a defense of cell phones or 5G, just a reminder that incomplete data leads to false conclusions.

      19. I’ve had a bump like that since I was a toddler. Didn’t have a cell phone that you use looking down until I was about 16

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