Share Your Life and Get More of Yourself. Experience Sharing in Couchsurfing

Katharina Hellwing, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
Felicitas Morhart, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
Bruno Kocher, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland
George Zisiadis, Entrepreneur & Artist, USA
By means of a multi-sited multi-method ethnography of CouchSurfing.org, this study explores what motivates consumers to share their homes with strangers. Our findings suggest that participation is best understood by focusing on experience sharing and identify four types of experiential capital as sources of self-enhancement.
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Katharina Hellwing, Felicitas Morhart, Bruno Kocher, and George Zisiadis (2014) ,"Share Your Life and Get More of Yourself. Experience Sharing in Couchsurfing", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 42, eds. June Cotte and Stacy Wood, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 510-511.