New study in biomechanics proposes that young people are mounting hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls—bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which changes weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the linking 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.
The researchers said their sighting marks the first documentation of a physical or skeletal alteration to the penetration of advanced technology into everyday life. A pair of scholars at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, argues that the occurrence of the bone growth in younger adults points to ever-changing body posture brought about by the use of modern technology. They say smartphones and other electronic devices are grimacing the human form, needing users to bend their heads forward to make sense of what's happening on the small screens.
Since then, the unusual developments have captured the attention of Australian and world media, and have variously been dubbed “head horns” or “phone bones” or “spikes” or “weird bumps.”
Well, an important question that is still unrevealed is about the future of our young adult populations. We really need to make some changes in our daily usage of electronic and hand held devices to reduce any discovery of physical change.