This research included only bone spurs that were 10 millimeters, about two-fifths of an inch. If you were curious and wanted to see people walking around with devil horns implanted on their temples, you'll be disappointed because the growths are actually near the back of the skull.
Here's what the researchers say is happening: Frequent users of mobile devices regularly tilt their heads forward to view them.
Mobile phones have been criticized for the ill impact on individual's health over the years and the researcher now state that this is the first time the human body has shown an adaption to the technology used in daily life. But prior research has not linked phone use to bone-deep changes in the body. Though doctors have warned about "text neck" and "texting thumb", they did not have any idea about the bone growth.
"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", the authors write. With this being said, they're seeing horn-like spurs develop on younger adults towards the back of the skull.
Clinician and chiropractor David Shahar, a PhD in biomechanics who together with his spouse and business partner treats what they call a "poor posture epidemic" with digital posture analyses and on-site x-rays, opted to pick participants for his research among those who came through his own practice in Australia. What is more interesting is that the actual study was released a year ago but it is getting fresh attention now. 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 Washington Post. His co-author, Dr Mark Sayers, noted that these growths aren't necessarily good news.
The researchers found that 41% of people aged between 18 and 30 had developed the spurs, 8% above average.
Contrary to conventional understanding of the hornlike structures, which have been thought to crop up rarely and mainly among older people suffering from prolonged strain, Shahar noticed that they appeared prominently on X-rays of younger subjects, including those who were showing no obvious symptoms.
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".
"That is up to anyone's imagination", Shahar told The Post. Experts say that if you run your hand over the lower rear part of your skull, you can likely feel if you've got a horn growing or not.