Young People Are Growing "Horns" on Their Skulls From Being on Their Phones

June 21, 2019

© Mikael Damkier |

Constantly staring at screens can make you feel like a zombie--and can also make you look like a monster! A study published in Nature finds that young people are growing "hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls" from tilting their heads forward all the time to look at their phones.The Washington Post reports that the bone spurs are "caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion. The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck." Researchers found that roughly 40 percent of 18-to-30-year-olds who are on their phones more than four-and-a-half-hours per day exhibited the bone spurs. As the study authors state, "An important question is what the future holds for the young adult populations in our study, when development of a degenerative process is evident in such an early stage of their lives?"