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Facebook Puts 'Six Degrees of Separation' to Test

The very known and famous concept of "six degrees of separation" has been given a new dimension by University of Milan and Facebook when they recently announced that the average number of individuals who separate two people in the world is exactly 4.74.

It was in 1967 when Stanley Milgram conducted "small world experiment" which attracted 296 volunteers and calculated the number of average people to separate two individual is 5.2 or in other words six "hops".

The latest information has been extrapolated by Facebook for over a period of one month and by observing 721 million active user of Facebook which is around 10 percent of world's population, reported Facebook Data Team.

According to the researchers, the internet has contributed considerably in connecting people and the social networking giant took some credit for helping people to connect more to individuals.

Facebook in a blog post declared that, "And as Facebook has grown over the years, representing an ever larger fraction of the global population, it has become steadily more connected."

"The average distance in 2008 was 5.28 hops, while now it is 4.74." reported c|net (opens in new tab).

The "six degree of separation" concept has found its place in many spheres like books, plays as well as motion pictures.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.