Young people are literally growing horns, thanks to phones + tablets
Young people are literally growing horns, thanks to phones + tablets
Texting may be taking an unusual toll on young human bodies
25 June, 2019, 11:13
Well, if you want to save yourself from growing a protuberance on your head then, we advise you to minimize the use of a mobile phone as you may not only get a horn but your health too affected due to the excessive use of a phone. The researchers are arguing that the presence of these horns is related to the shift in body posture made necessary by smartphones - meaning, we're looking down at our phones so much our bodies grew these horns as counterweights.
This is because mobile users are tilting their heads forward to see their phone screen.
Dr Shahar explained: "Shifting the head forwards results in the transfer of the head's weight from the bones of the spine to the muscles at the back of the neck and head". This leads to bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments, the Washington Post reported.
Vice and Jezebel both criticized the Post for its reporting, with Vice stating that the story "amounts to little more than a moral panic about our use of new technology", and Jezebel labeling it a "bizarro story" adding that "the whole "phone horn" thing is merely a theory".
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Part of what was striking about their findings, he said, was the size of the bone spurs, which are thought to be large if they measure 3 or 5 millimeters in length. One-third of those showed the bone spur, with the frequency decreasing with age. They suspect men are more likely to use their devices for longer periods of time for activities like gaming or sports events while women are more likely to use them for shorter social activities.
After this research created a buzz on social media, many users getting panic and anxious about their health too. It is also interesting to see the massive change that smartphones and technology have brought onto us.
For those who are legitimately anxious about the effects of mobile devices on the body, not to worry!
So if your curious if you might be sporting the trait, he suggested reaching a hand around to the lower rear of the skull. They don't even claim that device use and appendages are correlated.
Take a look at what he has to say to those people.
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