Are Phones Giving Kids ‘Horns’?

Phone use may be giving kids horns. 

That’s not poetic language commenting on the bad behavior encouraged through social media. Rather, recent research suggests young people are developing bone spurs on the back of their skulls due to how much they are looking down at their phones. 

Horns Down Under

Two Australian researchers discovered the protrusions while examining several hundred X-rays of people aged 18-30. About 40 percent had developed the growths, which ranged in size from 10 to 30 millimeters.

“Our findings raise a concern about the future musculoskeletal health of the young adult population and reinforce the need for prevention intervention through posture improvement education,” they wrote in Scientific Research.

Sit Up Straight! 

Formation of the “horns” is comparable to how calluses form in response to pressure or abrasions. These kinds of growths are reportedly typical among older people but have been seen only rarely on youth — until now, perhaps.

“The thing is that the bump is not the problem,” said Dr. David Shayer, one of the two researchers. “The bump is a sign of sustained terrible posture, which can be corrected quite simply.” 

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