Sisu Magazine: Ask Jenny Bruso #4

Above image by, WHOA Travel

Ask Jenny Bruso is a column for the quarterly magazine, Sisu, about grit, guts and what defines our experiences in the outdoors. You can find my past columns here.

Scroll all the way down to ask me your burning questions!


Issue #4 | Fall 2019

Dear Jenny Bruso,

Instagram makes me feel really bad about myself. I think I need help, but I’m too embarrassed to talk to any of my close friends about it. My self-esteem is deeply affected by how well my posts do or don’t do.

Worse, I feel like it’s having an effect on my outdoor life. While I’m trail running, I often think about Instagram captions and I’m not as in the moment. Sometimes, I can’t sleep at night because I can’t get off of my phone even though nothing I’m looking at is that important or interesting. The way I pick up my phone and start scrolling without thought makes me feel like an out of control zombie! Sometimes, I’ll go to the bathroom at work just to check.

I think I’m addicted. I’m hoping you’ll tell me that isn’t possible…?

I’ve tried leaving my phone at home when I go out for a trail run, and I always feel better, but my boyfriend and mom worry when I don’t update them with the play-by-play when I’m out alone. What can I do? Why am I having this problem while everyone around me seems to have control of it?!

-Social Media Loser

Click to see my response on the Sisu Magazine website xo


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