Facebook proves we’re a lot more connected than we think

The “six degrees of separation” is the theory that everyone on the planet is no more than six people away from introduction. This means that at the very least, you know somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody, who knows somebody, who knows Mark Zuckerberg. Pretty cool, huh?

On February 4th, Facebook turned 12 years old. To mark the occasion, the social media giant decided to experiment to see if the theory was in fact true. The results were quite surprising.

There are currently 1.59 billion Facebook users, and the research carried out by the company in fact indicates that the six-degree figure is actually too high a number. As you can see from the results below, the average number of people between any other person on Facebook is around 3.57.

This basically means that theoretically, a friend of your friend is actually friend with one of Beyonce’s friends. If that’s the case, there’s only one thing to do – pick your favorite famous person and tell everyone you’re connected through friends.

If worse comes to worst and no one believes you, you can always resort to the data. No one can argue with data.

Source: BBC

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