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I am an associate professor at the Department of Sociology of VU Amsterdam and Program Director of the Bachelor and Master Sociology. In my research I'm interested in virtually anything that concerns people's social connections and how those affect their behavior, attitudes, and resources. Topics I have studied most over the past years include: social and psychological consequences of Internet use; involvement in voluntary associations and volunteering; social trust and support; and individualization. 



From 2013 to 2016 I worked on research project funded by a NWO VENI grant entitled: “Life events & well-being: The role of the Internet in coping processes”. After this project I have extended this line of research by looking at many aspects of how the Internet is changing our lives and social interactions. 


  • HM Sociology
  • Social media
  • wellbeing
  • social support
  • voluntary associations
  • social trust
  • coping
  • volunteering
  • internet use

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church attendance Social Sciences
secularization Social Sciences
Internet Engineering & Materials Science
euthanasia Social Sciences
coping Social Sciences
social media Social Sciences
homosexuality Social Sciences
divorce Social Sciences

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Research Output 2004 2018

Does the rise of the Internet bring erosion of strong ties? Analyses of social media use and changes in core discussion networks

Vriens, E. & van Ingen, E., 1 Jul 2018, In : New Media and Society. 20, 7, p. 2432-2449

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
social media

Inequality in mobilizing online help after a negative life event: the role of education, digital skills, and capital-enhancing Internet use

van Ingen, E. & Matzat, U., 2018, In : Information, Communication and Society. 21, 4, p. 481-498 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Does social network site use buffer against well-being loss when older adults face reduced functional ability?

van Ingen, E., Rains, S. A. & Wright, K. B., 1 May 2017, In : Computers in Human Behavior. 70, p. 168-177 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Social Support

I volunteer, therefore I am? Factors affecting volunteer role identity

van Ingen, E. & Wilson, J., 2017, In : Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. 46, 1, p. 29-46

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

Changes in norms and values

van Ingen, E. J., Halman, L. & Dekker, P., 2016, Moral sentiments in modern society. van den Brink, G. (ed.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 193-226

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Press / Media

Barbecueën, bowlen of kanoën met je nieuwe internetvrienden

Erik van Ingen


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Meer goede vrienden met social media

Erik van Ingen


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

De invloed van mobiele telefoons op ons leven

Erik van Ingen


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Press/Media: Research