The Meme Economy: How Internet Memes Impact Consumption

Viewing and sharing internet ‘memes’ is a new way in which consumers interact with each other online. This research demonstrates that internet memes (vs. non-memes) can serve to increase consumption attitudes toward a target content employed in the meme. Four studies show that when consumers encounter memes, they infer that the target content in the meme has become viral, which further invokes FOMO (i.e., fear of missing out), increasing their consumption intentions.


Nicole Kim and Jared Joseph Watson (2020) ,"The Meme Economy: How Internet Memes Impact Consumption", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 48, eds. Jennifer Argo, Tina M. Lowrey, and Hope Jensen Schau, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 896-901.


Nicole Kim, University of Maryland, USA
Jared Joseph Watson, New York University, USA


NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 48 | 2020

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