SSND: The Social Networks Of The Dutch

The SSND, the survey of the social networks of the Dutch is a longitudinal project monitoring people’s network through time. Next to this, it has a clear focus on networks in neighborhoods. Starting in 1999, we have interviewed 1000 inhabitants all around the country about their personal network, their work, neighborhood and their issues in life. Since then, my colleagues and I organized two more waves, in 2008 and in 2014. It is intriguing to see how people’s networks change through time. So far, we found that people do not rapidly loose friends, but that there is a lot of dynamic in relationships. Persons who are in a given time period central in ones life are much more in the periphery later on – but this does not mean that the relation does not exist anymore. In autumn 2017 the fourth and final wave will be collected.