The Self-Creation Effect: Making a Product Supports Its Mindful Consumption and the Consumer's Well-Being
21 Pages Posted: 29 May 2018
Date Written: May 16, 2018
Popular cultural movements such as Slow Food and the Maker Movement emphasize product self-creation―personally creating products, then consuming them, as a core value. We present the first research to examine how product self-creation affects the individual’s consumption experience of such products and their well-being. Seven field and lab studies provide evidence that when consumers self-create a product, they appreciate it to a greater degree, are likely to consume it more mindfully, and experience greater domain-specific and general well-being. The individual’s private self-consciousness strengthens the effect. Self-creating products offers consumers with a practical, versatile, and personal interest-driven way to transcend their traditional role, to consume more consciously and sustainably, while concurrently enhancing the enjoyment of their consumption experience.
Keywords: Product self-creation; Mindfulness; Mindful consumption; Consumer well-being; Consciousness
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