I Am Where I Am: Physical Distance Fractures the Self

Alexandra Sedlovskaya, Yale University, USA
John Bargh, Yale University, USA
Lawrence Williams, University of Colorado, USA
Valerie Purdie-Vaughns , Columbia University, USA
Technology allows people to lead lives spanning large distances. We examined the implications of the expanded life space, finding that physical distance (versus closeness) promotes self-division. Further, greater geographical distance between students’ university and hometown correlates with stronger distinctions between students’ school and home identities. Thus, physical contexts shape identity.
[ to cite ]:
Alexandra Sedlovskaya, John Bargh, Lawrence Williams, and Valerie Purdie-Vaughns (2011) ,"I Am Where I Am: Physical Distance Fractures the Self", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 38, eds. Darren W. Dahl, Gita V. Johar, and Stijn M.J. van Osselaer, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research.