Horns grow on young peoples’ heads due to gadget use

Henrietta Brewer
June 25, 2019

This includes transformation in nearly every aspect of our lives from the smallest of things of spending our free time traveling or working. They make an educated guess that the prevalence of enthesophytes may have to do with "the increased use of hand-held technologies from early child-hood". According to somewhat recent research in biomechanics, it looks like smartphone and technology use is changing our skeleton. But prior research has not linked phone use to bone-deep changes in the body.

The researchers apparently suspect that these growths are caused by poor posture when we use handheld devices like smartphones.

We understand that this development may be troubling and surprising at the same time. Taking a look at the findings of the research, there seems to be a valid reason behind this.

The horns are located at the base of the skull, and are bits of bone (enthesophytes) that grow due to some combination of chemical, genetic, environmental, or use factors.

Researchers believe the spurs are being caused by the head tilting forward, with the weight now being shifted to muscles at the back of the head.


Scientists admitted that the bone growth is not a problem on its own, but could be a sign of "sustained bad posture".

A second study of 1,000 people found the odd growths were larger and more common with young adults that with the older population, suggesting they are a relatively recent phenomenon. A pair of researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast initially presented the report according to a report by The Washington Post.

Scientists have discovered that freaky horns are growing on an increasing amount of young people.

Dr David Shahar and Associate Professor Mark Sayers examined more than 200 x-rays of people from different age ranges.

Health experts warn of "text neck", and doctors have begun treating "texting thumb", which is not a clearly defined condition but bears resemblance to carpal tunnel syndrome.


The study was published previous year in the journal Scientific Reports but only recently attracted significant attention.

Now I am not necessarily of a fan of growing horns so may I suggest to put the phone down every once and a while?

Even the paper's authors aren't terribly concerned by the "horns" themselves, though they may be associated with head, neck and back pain. 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".

What can you do to fix the growing horn?

The protrusions, just above the neck, were found in X-ray images of adult Australians, with researchers analysing 1,200 of the images. The report discussed the cause and potential solutions to avoid such posture problems advising posture correction. Many have believed that the overuse of phones can lead to health issues. Everyone who uses technology during the day should get used to recalibrating their posture at night.


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