Young Adults Are Growing Horns As a Result of Cell Phone Use
People are evolving to possess horns in their backs due to frequent mobile phone usage. I wish I were kidding, but I’m not. Researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia made the discovery and claim that human physiology is being permanently altered.
If you’re reading this article on your phone, it doesn’t exactly mean you’re going to end up with two large prehistoric looking blades protruding from your backside. However, the news isn’t comforting even when taken at its authentic meaning.
Here’s what’s happening.
When you look at a mobile device, you tilt your head at a specific angle. This position redistributes weight that normally sits on the spine to back muscles. This is resulting in bones producing new ligaments and tendons to help deal with the new stressor. And all of this means horn-like features protruding from the base area of the skull.
“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 report states.
This “prominent exostosis,” as it is scientifically described, occurs more in the young than in the old. No surprises there. The sizing of the horns specified in the report is 10–31 mm.
But don’t take my word for it, have a look for yourself. Below are two radiographs from two 28-year-old men. Note the presence of “horns.”
When the researchers increased the age group by ten years, the instances of horns showed a 1.03 reduction. This further confirms the issue is mobile phone based as young people use portable technology more than their parents.
Here’s an excerpt from the study.
Repetitive and sustained mechanical load is required for robust adaptation to take place in tendon properties, as connective tissue adaptive response to load necessitates a slow process of matrix protein (collagen) production4,6,22. The development of EEOP may be attributed to, and explained by, the extensive use of screen-based activities by individuals of all ages, including children25,26,27, and the associated poor posture.
This report is yet another indication that our technology enslavement is quite literally changing human life, even at the physiological level. Humans are evolving more and more to become technological beings. But that may not be the worst of our tech crisis.
New 5G technology is being blamed for serious health risks all over the world, although government officials largely dispute these claims. Another technology concern involves citizen surveillance. Big box retailer Walmart announced that it would install spying technology throughout its stores.
There is little question that humans are going to need to find a way to contend with technology’s dark side. Clearly, technological advances are helpful to human life. It makes things more convenient, it also helps us discover information and news at a faster rate. Moreover, cryptocurrency assists citizens of nations with restrictive censorship laws spread information. Things certainly aren’t all bad with technology, however, our reliance on such conveniences enslaves us.
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.