Eggheads at the University of Milan (who surprisingly actually research something other than sex and food) took to Facebook to find out if “six degrees of separation” was a real deal.
After looking at the 700+ million Facebook users they realized there were 69 billion connections, and that the connection to “friends” (loosely defined) is actually more like 4.74 hops and when you limit it to a country or smaller area it can fall under 3 hops.
Obviously social media is driving most of this change simply because you don’t have to “meet” someone to list them as a FB friend. Stalking is so much easier when you have a common friend or acquaintance.
- Separating You and Me? 4.74 Degrees (nytimes.com)
- 6 Degrees of Separation Down to 4.74 (newser.com)
- “4.74 Degrees” Between Any Two Facebook Users, HTC Is Building Facebook’s “Buffy” Phone, AT&T Admits Hack Attack Attempted (fastcompany.com)
- Forget ‘six degrees’–we are actually closer (news.cnet.com)