Addicted to your mobile phones and tablets? Now a study in Australia suggests that gadget use is transforming your physiognomy. Findings by two Australian researchers, Dr David Shahar and Associate Professor Mark Sayers at The University of the Sunshine Coast, presented the hypothesis two years ago that human body gets affected by continued use of modern contraptions like mobile phones and tablets. The stress on posture is forming a protruding horn like bone in the back of skulls.
The researchers based their study on hundreds of X- rays of people aged between 18 and 30. The demographic who are technology indulgent. More than half of the X-rays shown this said bone growth.
Though this finding really shows the direct impact of technology in affecting the body, yet the research was not given a serious consideration until cited in an article related to the topic was covered by BBC recently.
The research further says that the growth seen in the younger people is akin to that observed in hunched over elderly people suffering from postural problems and stress to their bones. The bones seen ranged in size from 10 millimeters to 30 millimeters. Deeper enquiry through MRI scans and testing dissolved the possibility of the growth resulting from genetics or injuries. “This is evidence that musculoskeletal degenerative processes can start and progress silently from an early age,” Dr Shahar said. As commonly noticed bone growth measures a few single millimeters. In this young population the projections were found to of 10 to 30 millimeters.
Their study highlights that, the load at that muscle attachment, is due to the head shifting forward and bending with long periods of technology use. “Shifting the head forward results in the transfer of the head’s weight from the bones of the spine to the muscles at the back of the neck and head”, explained Dr Shahar. The Australians continue to conduct deeper examination into the study to help develop planned resources to counter and avoid it altogether.