Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Thursday February 04, 2016

Facebook Claims Only 3.46 Degrees Of Separation

According to Facebook, that whole "six degrees of separation" thing is really only 3.46 degrees of separation in the United States.

How connected is the world? Playwrights [1], poets [2], and scientists [3] have proposed that everyone on the planet is connected to everyone else by six other people. In honor of Friends Day, we've crunched the Facebook friend graph and determined that the number is actually 3.57. Each person in the world (at least among the 1.59 billion people active on Facebook) is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people. The average distance we observe is 4.57, corresponding to 3.57 intermediaries or "degrees of separation." Within the US, people are connected to each other by an average of 3.46 degrees.