Dozens of millennials grow ‘horns’ on their skulls from using smartphones too much, scientists claim

MILLENNIALS are growing horns out of their skulls due to excessive smart phone use.

Scientists claim the spikes are a side effect of Brits spending nearly four hours a day gawping at their screens.

2 Scientists in Australia have seen an increasing number in young people with the bony growths at the bottom of their skullsCredit: Nature Scientific Reports
Dozens of millennials grow 'horns' on their skulls from using smartphones too much, scientists claim2 Hours spent scrolling could be putting so much strain on lesser used parts of the body that the body parts actually changeCredit: Nature Scientific Reports

Professors at University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia, have seen an increasing number in young people with the bony growths at the bottom of their skulls.

The 3cm spikes are known as enlarged external occipital protuberances or EEOPs.

The shocking discovery was made when Dr David Shahar and Associate Professor Mark Sayers were examining more than 200 x-rays of people of all different ages.

They found that nearly half of those ages between 18 and 30-years-old had developed the growths.

Intrigued by their findings, further testing and MRI scans ruled out genetics or injury as the cause.

This is not the first time that these abnormalities have been found in humans.

I have been a clinician for 20 years, and only in the last decade, increasingly I have been discovering that my patients have this growth on the skull.

Dr David Shahar

They were first discussed in the 1800s and were rare, but science boffs believe that our screen time is the blame for them becoming far more common.

Hours spent scrolling could be putting so much strain on lesser used parts of the body that the body parts actually change.

Dr Shahar told the BBC: "I have been a clinician for 20 years, and only in the last decade, increasingly I have been discovering that my patients have this growth on the skull."

According to research revealed last year, the average person spends 24 hours every week staring at their screens.

That works out to be around three-and-a-half hours a week.

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On average, people check their phones every 12 minutes, according to Ofcom.

Dr Shahar added: "Shifting the head forwards 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."

He also said that once the growths have formed, while they may not cause damage, they are unlikely to ever go away.

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