Mobiles could be affecting our health more than we think, because not only can lead to vision problems or lack of concentration, they can also damage our bones.
A 2016 study by Sunshine Coast University in Australia detected the growth of a kind of horn in the back of the skull and, among the possible causes, would be the weight to which the neck is subjected when looking at the mobile. For the research, the scientific team analyzed 218 x-rays of the different participants, whose ages ranged from 18 to 30 years. The results determined that 41% of the people had this protuberance.
Scientist David Shakar, who participated in the research, blames this deformity on the weight of the head, which is about four and a half kilos, and this puts pressure on the neck that is aggravated by constant movement. “In most cases, these bone horns measure a few millimetres. On the other hand, the young population has them between 10 and 30 millimeters,” Shakar said.
This protuberance that is generated to counteract the weight is solved by adopting a correct neck position while using the mobile phone or tablet. “The increased load causes remodeling of both the tendon and the bony ends,” explained the scientist.
According to surgeon Kenneth K. Hansaj, author of a study in the journal Surgical Technology International, the “smarthphone jowl” is another of the consequences of posture. When the head is lowered too low to look at the mobile, a pressure of about 20 kilos is exerted on the spine and the skin of the neck ends up yielding until it is filled with fat. As Hansaj’s research says, this could be a reason for the appearance of the double chin, although it is not the only cause. But the truth is that the best way to avoid any problem is to lift the device at eye level, not lower your head to look at it.