As children, our parents always told us that spending too much time looking at screens would give us square eyes.
They never said anything about it that caused spikes to grow out of our skulls.
However, according to Australian researchers, this could be a weird side effect if we constantly watch over our phone displays and other portable devices.
Queensland University of the Sunshine Coast scientists have claimed that more and more young people are developing bone growths on the skull base.
These growths are referred to as enlarged outer occipital prominences or EEOPs.
Dr. David Shahar and associate professor Mark Sayers made the bizarre discovery by examining more than 200 x-rays of people of all ages.
They found that nearly half of 18-30 year olds have bone growths of 10 to 30 millimeters in size.
Further testing, including MRI scans, ruled out the possibility that growth was genetic or due to injury.
These types of growth are common but usually not so young.
Instead, they usually occur in older people whose bodies have bowed and heavily loaded their bones.
Dr. Shahar said, "These results were surprising because they usually take years to develop and are more likely to be seen in the aging population.
"It is important to understand that bone spores in most cases measure only a few millimeters, and yet we have found projections of 10 to 30 millimeters in the young population studied."
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He added, "We believe that the sustained increase in muscle building load is due to the fact that the weight of the head shifts over a longer period of time using modern technology.
"When you move your head forward, the weight of the head is transferred from the bones of the spine to the muscles in the neck and head."
Dr. Shahar also warned that while the growths do no harm, they will probably never disappear.
He added, "I've been a clinician for 20 years, and it's been only over the last decade that I've increasingly found that my patients have this growth on their skulls."
The study was originally published last year, but the results have surfaced online this week.
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