How bad is slouching? The New York Times’ Jane Brody reports: “A distraught wife begged me to write about the importance of good posture. ‘My husband sits for many hours a day slouched over his computer,’ she said. ‘I’ve told him repeatedly this is bad for his body — he should sit up straight — but he pays no attention to me. He reads you every week. Maybe he’ll listen to you.’”

“So here goes: Yes, dear sir, listen to your wife. Slouching is bad. It’s bad not only for your physical health, but also for your emotional and social well-being. More about this in a bit.”

“Without delay, get that computer on a proper surface (laps can encourage slouching) and get a supportive chair that enables you to sit up straight with your head aligned directly over your shoulders and hips when your eyes are on the screen.”