Log in if you survived: Collective coping on social media in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Edson C. Tandoc, Bruno Takahashi

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Abstract

This study explores the use of Facebook for collective coping in the immediate aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever recorded on Earth, which hit the Philippines in November 2013. When traditional communication channels became non-operational, non-traditional information sources and communication platforms, such as Facebook, became salient. Drawing from interviews with 29 individuals from various groups—government officials, local journalists, and residents—this study found three collective coping strategies facilitated by Facebook. First, social media became a platform for survivors to tell their friends and family they survived. Second, social media provided a means for residents to participate in the social construction of their experience. Finally, social media also became a venue for survivors to manage their feelings and memories by documenting—and memorializing—what they experienced and how they are moving on.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1778-1793
Number of pages16
JournalNew Media and Society
Volume19
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017

Keywords

  • Collective coping
  • crisis communication
  • disaster
  • Facebook
  • natural disasters
  • Philippines
  • social media
  • Twitter
  • Typhoon Haiyan

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