Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Gender, Culture and Society, ICGCS 2021, 30-31 August 2021, Padang, Indonesia

Research Article

Woman and Gossip on Social Media: Between Private and Public

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316277,
        author={Diego  Diego and Yayuk  Lestari},
        title={Woman and Gossip on Social Media: Between Private and Public   },
        proceedings={Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Gender, Culture and Society, ICGCS 2021, 30-31 August 2021, Padang, Indonesia},
        publisher={EAI},
        proceedings_a={ICGCS},
        year={2022},
        month={4},
        keywords={women gossip social-media private life public life},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316277}
    }
    
  • Diego Diego
    Yayuk Lestari
    Year: 2022
    Woman and Gossip on Social Media: Between Private and Public
    ICGCS
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-8-2021.2316277
Diego Diego1,*, Yayuk Lestari2
  • 1: Universitas Andalas, Kampus Unand Limau Manis, Padang, Indonesia
  • 2: Graduate School of International Development (GSID), Nagoya University, Furocho, Chikusa Ward, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
*Contact email: diegoyenmis@gmail.com

Abstract

Social media changed human interaction, one of human interaction by gossiping. Gossip becomes a stereotype for women and is often associated with negative things. This article examines how women gossip on social media, whether women can differentiate between gossiping in public spaces, and what changes occur when they gossip on social media. Data collection was conducted by interviewing and observing women social media users in Padang. The design used in this study is a qualitative approach to women's gossiping behavior involving social networking sites. This article argues that gossip on social media is an extension of real-life socialization, while gossiping helps women to maintain contact with their environment and voice their voice over an issue. Gossiping through social media and being able to express oneself also helps to release stress. There is satisfaction when many people know the problem. Nevertheless, offline gossip is preferred when they want to counter or solve problems. Women are also increasingly understanding the boundaries between public and private, especially regarding security and privacy. The number of criminal cases on the internet makes women learn to be more careful in using social media.