Human Anatomy Adapting to Screen-Time

June 16, 2019 - 1:52 am

DALLAS (KRLD) - Smartphones are changing our anatomy. 

The Journal of Anatomy in Great Britain says young adults are more likely to have a little spike growing at the base of their skulls.

Presumably, the growth is an adaptation developed by hunching over to stare at screens-- both computer and hand-held. Researchers say it's more common in younger generations because they've grown up looking at smartphones and tablets from a young age.

Spending extended periods of time hunching over can cause pressure on the neck muscles where they meet the skull, researchers say, and the adaptation is the body's way of providing relief.

According to the journal, a quarter of people under the age of 30 have one of these growths.