THe Me, Myself & Identity Project

Introduced in Fall 2023, Smarty Pants’ Me, Myself & Identity Project aims to provide marketers with a deeper understanding of how people truly see themselves. The project will introduce authentic frameworks for the creation of consumer cohorts to guide product and content development and marketing decisions.

The multi-phase and mixed-method inquiry launched in the U.S. with an online study of 1,300 people who answered one open-ended question: “Who are you, as a person?” Participants – ranging from 6 to 80 years old and representative of region, race/ethnicity, gender, income, education and household composition – provided more than 26,000 words to this “simple” query. Each response was analyzed and hand-coded by a multidisciplinary team of Smarty Pants research professionals.

Me, Myself & Identity Project results expose fascinating new truths about identity and provide rich insight into psychographic, demographic, economic and lifestyle dimensions of self. Early findings reveal 12 core dimensions of identity – which vary most dramatically by lifestage. The study also debunks many mainstream myths related to identity and points to new frameworks for segmentation and targeting.

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Smarty Facts

Twice as many people define who they are by their kindness than those whose identities are shaped by their intellect/smartness.

As many people consider their sports interest to be central to their identity as those who think of gaming as central to their identity.

“[I am a] senior citizen, retired and disabled. My family is most important to me even though my children have moved away to live in other states. But I’m still able to take care of myself for the time being, not knowing what the future will hold, if any.”

– 73-year-old female

“I think I’m a pretty cool young dude. I have a beautiful daughter I love love truly. I’m 26 years old. I like to go out with my friends sometimes. I work in chemical plants, and I love females, and my confidence is on high.”

– 26-year-old male