Its Now 4.74 Degrees of Separation

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.

Turns out it actually is closer than we thought.

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.

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