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EMAC 2019 Annual Conference

Social Exclusion and Social Sharing about Past versus Future Experiences

Published: May 28, 2019


Melis Ceylan, Bilkent University; Ezgi Akpinar, Koç University; Selin Atalay, Frankfurt School of Finance and Management


social exclusion; social sharing; word of mouth


This paper explores how social exclusion affects individuals’ propensity to create WOM. The authors demonstrate that socially excluded individuals, compared to their non-excluded counterparts, are willing to have a longer conversation with their acquaintances. They are more likely to share personal events that happened in the past, compared to personal events that are planned for future and self-general topics, during their conversation. Social exclusion activates the motive to protect others. Thus, excluded individuals believe that sharing autobiographical memories that happened in the past will help others be prepared for a similar experience; consequently strengthen their social connections with them and fortify their belongingness needs.