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  1. rootabaga

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    Young People are Growing Horns


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    New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs 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.

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    Can't see the article. Site has a pay wall. But I see a lot of kids tilting their head forward and down, looking at their books on desks every day. But this is nothing new of course.
     
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    Yes, definitely. It's a scary article. Evolution in action!
     
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    i think i might have texting thumb or something like that. some of my fingers start to ache from touching the phone's screen.

    unfortunately somepeople might have to have a subscription to WP, but i think it is worth it. great article and no they are not fake news.
     
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    After I thought about it some more, something hit me! I've been looking at computer screens since...a million years ago, some definitely not in ergonomically correct ways. But I haven't grown humps on my back or anything!

    I know there are other old geeks around here, who've been looking at computer screens since their Commodore 64 days, like me. Have any of you grown weird bones as a result?! :eek:

    It really makes one wonder why the use of smartphones should speed up an evolutionary change like this. :thinking:
     
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    i think that is slightly different. when using a computer, you are usually sitting at a desk or something like that. phones are different. many people look down at their phone while standing and even while walking. this posses a new posture as explained in the article.
     
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    Stop drink too much milk to slow down the bone's formation.
     
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    I came across a critique of the conclusions people were drawing from this before I came across the story itself:

    https://www.theguardian.com/comment...ng-horns-because-of-mobile-phones-not-so-fast

    I have checked the paper and the central point here, that the authors discuss screen use as the cause but that is pure speculation as the study contained no information about this, is a fair criticism (and they indulge in this speculation at some length - if I was cynical I'd say they were hoping for media attention).
     
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