Viewpoint: No, cell phones aren’t causing people to grow horns

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You might have heard recently, from publications like the Washington Post, NBC, and of course, Newsweek, that some people are growing a “horn” or a “spike” out of the back of their skull from using a smartphone too much.

But these studies don’t actually prove a connection between phone use and the size of these so-called “horns.” One of the frequently cited papers says it in the abstract: “We hypothesize EEOP [enlarged external occipital protuberance] may be linked to sustained aberrant postures associated with the emergence and extensive use of hand-held contemporary technologies, such as smartphones and tablets.” It’s a hypothesis. Not a proven hypothesis.

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Even if the papers did find some sort of correlation between phones and these abnormally large bone growths, others would still need to replicate the work before we could be confident in the conclusions. Sure, it’s an interesting hypothesis, and if bad posture is leading to abnormal bone growth, that’s bad.

But if we’re going to panic about smartphone-induced bone growth in our skulls, we should do so based on studies that actually focus on proving this hypothesis.

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