We're Practically Friends!: Only 4.74 Degrees Of Separation Between You And Any Other Facebooker

November 22, 2011


According to Facebook, there are only 4.74-degrees of separation between you and any other user on the planet, making our world that much smaller and natural resources that much scarcer. "That's not how that works." You shut up!

"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," wrote the Facebook data team in a blog post explaining its research.

[The average degrees of separation] used to be six. But thanks to the increasing popularity of social networking, humanity has become more connected over time. Where in 2008 the distance from any one Facebook user was, on average, 5.28 hops, it's now 4.74, the company's researchers said.

First of all, there's no such thing as a 0.74 degree of separation. You have to round that up to the next number unless Facebook is counting amputees in which they're the most insensitive social network in the world. Not that we didn't already know that. So yeah, there are only FIVE (5!) people separating you and I on Facebook. You know what that means? There are only five people we have to kill before we can be together. I'm gonna wear your skin like a windbreaker!

Facebook Claims 4.74 Degrees of Kevin Bacon [foxnews]

Thanks to LeftRightLeft, who, despite the name, is actually a terrible marcher. Can skip like nobody's business though.

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