Have you ever been on Facebook looking through some of your friends’ pages and noticed you share many common friends? Some friends of whom you would have never guessed they could’ve possibly known? Well the University of Milan recently conducted a study and came to the conclusion that the average number of acquaintances separating any two people in the entire world is 4.74 people!
The researchers developed a set of algorithms to calculate the average distance between any two people by computing a large number of sample paths between Facebook users. The results found the average number of links from one selected person to another was no more than 4.74.
In just the United States, the number fell to 4.37! Turns out we really do have connections to the celebrity world, in one way or another at least! I find this study to be very eye opening! If you think about it though, in reality (take Facebook out of the equation) we are all connected, although that number is much higher than 4.74, in a way, each person knows at least one person you know!