Young people overusing phones at risk of 'growing horn' from skull

 7news.com.au  06/21/2019 08:14:00 
Digital Staff
7NEWS
Tech use is causing a 'horn-like' bone growth in young people, according to researchers from the Sunshine Coast.

Most of us spend hours scrolling through our smartphones every day, now new research shows it may be changing our skulls.

A study of 1200 people conducted by researchers at the Sunshine Coast University found that 41 per cent of participants aged between 18 and 30 had developed a bony lump on the back of their skull.

These 'bone spurs' arent necessarily painful, but they are a symptom of dangerously bad posture.

Whats most concerning about the findings is that the 'horn like' spurs typically don't typically present until far later in adulthood, but are starting to be seen in patients as young as 13.

Sunrise spoke to Dr David Shahar, who conducted the research, about the findings and what phone addicts can do to prevent damaging their skull.

"The issue is being created by people engaging in forward head protraction for long periods of time," he said.

Dr Shahar encourages tech users to maintain good posture to prevent developing bone spurs.

"Posture maintenance is imperative from an early age. Just as we have educated children to maintain oral hygiene, I think it's important to promote good posture."

Watch the interview in the clip above.

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