Facebook Says The Degree of Separation is Only Four, Not Six

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The theory of six degrees of separation may be false. It may only be four.

According to a massive study conducted by Facebook, the social network's 800 million users—a truly titanic sampling size for research—are seperated by just four degrees. Published in a blog post titled The Anatomy Of Facebook, the results are remarkable.


We found that six degrees actually overstates the number of links between typical pairs of users: While 99.6% of all pairs of users are connected by paths with 5 degrees, 92% are connected by only four degrees.

When considering even the most distant Facebook user in the Siberian tundra or the Peruvian rainforest, a friend of your friend probably knows a friend of their friend. When we limit our analysis to a single country, be it the US, Sweden, Italy, or any other, we find that the world gets even smaller, and most pairs of people are only separated by 3 degrees.

 

Company:
Facebook
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http://www.facebook.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Facebook's mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected. Millions of people use Facebook everyday to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, share links and videos, and learn more about the people they meet. more


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