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A Little Facebook Creeping!
Story ID:8407  
Date Posted:  June 13, 2017

by Shawn Marie Brummer

Did you know, there are on average only 3.74 degrees of separation between any one Facebook user and another? (The number of degrees represents the number of people in a friendship chain, excluding the people at either end.) Or, another way to put it: A friend of your friend knows a friend of their friend."

You may remember the “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” theory, which was made popular by a play, a movie, and later a trivia game in which players tried to link the actor Kevin Bacon to another Hollywood star within six steps. Testing that the hypothesis proved true for the wider population has long posed a challenge. However, further research showed that 99.6% of all pairs of users were connected by five degrees of separation, and 92% were connected by four degrees. On average, the distance between any two members was 3.74 degrees. Amazing.  (Source.)

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