I knew those damned things are evil

Mobile technology has transformed the way we live – how we read, work, communicate, shop and date. But we already know this.

What we have not yet grasped is the way the tiny machines in front of us are remolding our skeletons, possibly altering not just the behaviors we exhibit but the bodies we inhabit.

New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls – bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.

The result is a hook or hornlike feature jutting out from the skull, just above the neck.

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5 Responses to I knew those damned things are evil

  1. nonncom says:

    Soon it will be common to see people walking around with thumb splints or casts complaining that they have tendonitis in their thumb, or a sprained thumb from too much texting….could’ve even pulled a muscle….

  2. Padawan says:

    The last time I saw my orthopedic surgeon he was telling me he’s seen an increase in the number of teenaged children in his office with extremely severe cases of tendonitis and carpal tunnel from too much texting.

  3. John in Philly says:

    Although the dinosaur records don’t show it, the extremely short forearms of the T. Rex could have been caused by texting.

    • Mike_C says:


      I just had a vision of the far future of humanity: Unlimited on-line porn, and arms too short to masturbate.

      But y’all be of good cheer. Ebola or some other preventable disaster will wipe us (or technological civilization at least) out well before we evolve (devolve?) T. rex arms.

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