Ever since I started this research project, I knew what I wanted to write about for my final paper. I realized that my paper should address how women and men engage in community building on the “Long Beach, NY Hurricane Information” page because I have consistently been interested in this theme throughout my research. However, I struggled to identify which component of gendered Facebook behavior I should focus on.
After brainstorming several ideas, I finally decided that I would discuss the second shift role that women play in this Facebook group. Given that women constitute the overwhelming majority of Facebook users in this space, I thought that it would be more productive to consider the significance of women’s Facebook interactions rather than draw too many comparisons to men’s Facebook behavior. During times of recovery, women assume the burden of working to rebuild and care for the emotional well-being of their family as well as the larger community. Because the men in the Facebook group tend to offer more concrete skills and services, I believe that women’s responsibilities are often overlooked. In fact, women prove that they are juggling several responsibilities in their posts regarding public and private spheres.