Smartphones are just one of the important things teens and young people would bring wherever they go. Previous studies have revealed both its positive and negative impacts. However, this particular study discovered that excessive phone use has a biological impact on our lives. Young people are developing horn-like growths in their skull caused by overuse.
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CNBC, the world leader in business news and real-time financial market coverage, reported that the researchers referred to these horn-like structures as a “prominent exostosis emanating from the external occipital protuberance.” The study published in the journal Scientific Reports discovered found bony growths, which they call ‘bone spurs’, on the bases on skulls of around 400 adults, ages 18 to 86. They found larger growths to younger people.
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The study was led by Dr. David Shahar and Mark Sayers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. They emphasized how modern life is transforming the human skeleton. The recent example of this is the bone spurs. It was found that bone spurs occur when inflammation damages the cartilage that cushions joints. As a result, the body tries to repair the damage by growing more bone. The study discovered that the bone spurs ranged in size from 10 to 31 millimeters.
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The findings showed that there is little knowledge of excessive phone use. “Although the ‘tablet revolution’ is fully and effectively entrenched in our daily activities, we must be reminded that these devices are only a decade old and it may be that related symptomatic disorders are only now emerging,” the authors wrote. Although these bone spurs mostly don’t cause pain and require no treatment, there can be a problem if they reach a certain size.
Other studies also showed that technology cause health issues in young people. This includes Dowager’s hump and neck, “texting thumb,” and “text neck.” Since the early 2000s, the number of young people experiencing shoulder and lower back pain resulting from cellphone and computer use is increasing.