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IKEA Effect

What does IKEA Effect mean?

IKEA Effect explains why people are inclined to better appreciate things they’ve created themselves than something created for them.

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Where does IKEA Effect come from?

Examples of IKEA Effect

"IKEA effect" we value things we invest time & energy in. Well, yeah. Knew that when I had to pay for my own college education. #TransformRM
@ChinaGorman, November, 2016
IKEA effect: when someone is invested in creating something, they value it more. Which is why research is fun--we try to resteer #uxstrat
@mikeoren, September, 2016
I think academia might have an ikea effect problem. #ARM15
@bradwrightphd, June, 2015

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excited delirium, Earth Day, Coachella, Tax Day, secondhand trauma


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