We are constantly evolving and the use of technology may be affecting that.

Sigourney Humus
Jun 23 · 4 min read
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Who is evolving who?

Technology is a constantly evolving tool that we are all dependant on. In fact, we have become so dependent that it is now necessary to the survival of humanity. Most of us in modern culture would struggle to make it through a single day without some forms of technology.

This is where we begin to ask questions about who is really evolving. Are sciences and technologies allowing us to advance as humans or our are we simply integrating ourselves into a new technologically driven society? Who or what is truly evolving today?

Is humanity developing itself through advancement or is technology the master of our future?

Bony growths are pretty normal.

It is becoming common to find a spiky growth at the base of the back of the skull in younger people. This discovery is changing the way we view bone development and use.

These “bony projections” are also called enthesophytes, and they’re fairly common among older people. Due to this fact they have previously been thought to develop over many years.

An enthesophyte can form when stress on a particular area of the body causes the bone to grow or spread out in order to respond to that stress. They are common in older people due to many years of physical use on a variety of areas on their body.

However, the fact that we are finding it in young people is a sign that something we are doing may be causing higher stress on our neck muscles and tendons.

Text Neck

Some scientists believe that this is due to the use of phones and other technologies that affect the position of our head and create regular changes to our posture. They have taken to calling this “text neck”.

It is has been considered the first notable skeletal change due to technology.

If what they say is true, you are likely increasing your risk of developing this by the way you are sitting right now reading these words. We all do it. We crank our heads down toward out laps to look at our phones, laptops and other handheld devices. Next time you are in a group of people, take a look around and you will notice how common it really is.

What should we do?

Unless you plan to stop looking down to access your phone, there is likely little you can do to change this. But is that really something that should concern you? Perhaps we should simply marvel at the ability for humans to adapt to their surroundings and lifestyles.

The media has a long history of playing off our fears of the new and unknown, but the reality is that we have no absolute way to know if our habits today are permanently affecting our future and technology does not deserve to be blamed for our adaptive issues.

We are are in a mutually beneficial relationship with technology and we are better off if we embrace that.

Just as our distant ancestors learned to walk on two feet out of necessity, we are adapting to our current surroundings. If tilting our heads forward to use our phones relies on the strength of the tendons and muscles in our neck, then doesn't it make sense that our bodies would adapt to support it.

We rely on our phones and other technology for hours at a time on a daily basis. If this theory is proved to be true, this will be far from the last physiological adjustment our bodies make for the sake of things we value in technology.


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Sigourney Humus

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Parent of Three Medically Fragile Kids, Living in Chaos and Embracing Adventure. Writing about Parenting, Feminism, Future, Tech, Health, Equality and Culture.

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