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Posture pals

October 28, 2009 - Deb Gau
If you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater 3000, or just the kind of weirdo who likes watching old health filmstrips from the 1950's, you might remember what a "posture pal" is. Basically, it's the title of a health film encouraging schoolchildren to remind each other to stand up straight. As it turns out, some posture pals are inanimate.

I got a new work computer monitor yesterday, a flat screen. So far, it’s been working out great - it takes up a lot less space on my desk, it doesn’t have problems with glare or reflecting the flourescent lights if it’s tilted wrong. The only drawback is that I have awful posture, and thus a slight backache.

See, the thing about a monitor that takes up less desk space is that it also sits a few inches farther away from my face. For some reason, when the old cathode-ray-tube monitor was here and close up, I never noticed how much I was slouching and sitting on the edge of my chair. Both those habits are tremendous ergonomic no-no’s, pretty much guaranteed to wear out your back - and I felt the difference within a few minutes of working in front of the new monitor.

So, for now I’m sitting upright, and actually making use of the nice backrest on my chair. It feels really good. Now if only I could be in the running for "Posture Princess" like the girls from that filmstrip . . .


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