No, phones don't give you horns
Two authors of the study say that the word 'horn' was never used in the original study.
The research regarding the usage of smartphones possibly causing bones/horns to form on people’s skulls went viral a few months ago, but now the scientists behind the research have clarified their theory in such a way that disputes their earlier claims. They have blamed the media for the hysteria and misunderstanding that resulted.
The new update on the research clearly denies the claim that cell phone usage results in bony, horn-like growths at the base of the human skull. The original study was conducted by the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia. It focused on the presence of 'external occipital protuberances', adding that these small bone-like structures were caused by various factors, including a combination of chemical, genetic, environmental, and other factors.
The research also suggests that the growth of bone is more common in younger people. But according to the scientists, the research never mentions cell phone use or technology. The same researchers published another paper that talked about “the increased use of hand-held technologies from early childhood” in 2016. This research speculated that it might be linked to the growth of 'horns' in the users, but it was never proven.
According to a report, the posts on various platforms around the world caused the study to be accessed more than 107,000 times. The authors say that some misinterpretation came about because of that level of interest. Now, the authors have changed the language in the paper so that it cannot be misinterpreted, and also clarifies the processes.
Two authors of the study say that the word 'horn' was never used in the original study. They hypothesised that the “poor postures associated with hand-held technologies” could have contributed to the growth of these bones, now they have entirely removed that hypothesis. The reason cited for the removal is a lack of evidence.
The authors of the study said, “Our hypothesis that it could be caused by poor postures associated with hand-held technologies led to debate that unfortunately overshadowed the significance of the findings.” They also added that “This hypothesis has now been removed, but we see a need for more research into the possibility that hand-held technologies might be an important factor in poor posture among young people.”