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362: Social Media’s Toxic Impact on Women: An Honest Conversation (with Kara Alaimo)

Are you ready to uncover the surprising truth about the impact of social media on women's lives? Get ready to be enlightened as we unravel the unexpected insights shared by Kara Alaimo, author of “Over the Influence: Why Social Media Is Toxic for Women and Girls.” Brace yourself for a revealing journey that challenges common perceptions and offers empowering strategies. But that's not all—there's a twist in the tale that will leave you eager to explore the unanticipated revelations about the true effects of social media. Stay tuned as we dive into a world of eye-opening wisdom and meaningful connections. You won't want to miss this!

Kara Alaimo, the author of Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls, offers a comprehensive analysis of the impact of social media on women's lives. Her extensive research and practical strategies provide valuable insights into the specific ways social media influences women, addressing key areas such as dating, parenting, and professional pursuits. With a focus on empowering women to navigate the challenges presented by social media, Alaimo's work delivers a compelling argument for proactive change in the digital landscape. Her expertise in this domain establishes her as a credible and authoritative voice in discussions concerning the effects of social media on women's well-being.


In This Episode, You'll Discover How To…

  • Understanding the Impact of Social Media on Women's Lives: Uncover the surprising ways social media affects your well-being and relationships.
  • Embracing Healthier Social Media Habits: Discover effective strategies to cultivate a positive and balanced relationship with social media.
  • Influencer Impact on Self-Perception: Explore how influencers shape your self-image and ways to maintain a healthy mindset.
  • Navigating Dating Apps with Confidence: Learn empowering approaches to using dating apps to connect authentically and confidently.
  • Cultivating Offline Friendships in the Digital Age: Unlock the secrets to building meaningful and fulfilling friendships beyond the digital realm.


“I think it's important for us to see these apps for what they are and decide to use them in ways that empower ourselves. Just to reject all the toxic content and all the toxic messages and all the trolls and all of the other really ugly things we find on these apps. Delete and block and move on.” – Kara Alaimo, Ph.D.


Key Moments:

  • 00:00:01 – The Impact of Social Media on Women and Girls
  • 00:02:15 – The Misunderstood World of Influencers
  • 00:09:58 – Empowering Women on Social Media
  • 00:12:35 – Navigating Social Media for Teen Girls
  • 00:15:16 – Teaching Teen Girls to Say No
  • 00:16:18 – Online Predators and Sextortion
  • 00:17:13 – Social Media and Teenagers
  • 00:19:54 – Dating Apps and Online Dating
  • 00:23:58 – Changing Relationship Dynamics
  • 00:29:23 – Impact of social media on relationships and friendships
  • 00:30:50 – Trend towards in-person interactions
  • 00:31:54 – Importance of nurturing relationships
  • 00:33:36 – Strategic use of social media
  • 00:34:51 – Continuation of conversation and resources


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“If we, as women, decide to band together and collectively change how we use social media, who we follow, what we share, what we do, when we witness sexism and misogyny online, we could change a lot of things and make both the online and the offline worlds much better for women.” – Kara Alaimo


Resources and Next Steps:

  • Visit Kara Alaimo's website at to access a list of feminists to follow and a guide on how to handle your kids' use of social media.
  • Follow Kara Alaimo on Instagram and Facebook to stay updated on her book tour events, virtual and in-person, and continue the conversation about social media and women's empowerment.
  • Grab a copy of Kara Alaimo's book, Influence: Why Social Media is Toxic for Women and Girls, to gain valuable insights and strategies for navigating social media in a healthier way.
  • Explore Vibrant Soul, a community to heal, transform, and expand your soul with like-minded friends at


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