Really? Six Degrees of Separation?

This stuff fascinates me. I thought I would share it with my blog posse. You kind of intuitively, okay maybe that’s just me, believe this to be true and they go and prove it. Way cool…

KevinBacon “Turns out, it is a small world.

The “small world theory,” embodied in the old saw that there are just “six degrees of separation” between any two strangers on Earth, has been largely corroborated by a massive study of electronic communication.

With records of 30 billion electronic conversations among 180 million people from around the world, researchers have concluded that any two people on average are distanced by just 6.6 degrees of separation, meaning that they could be linked by a string of seven or fewer acquaintances.” 

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About Gandalfe

Just an itinerant saxophonist trying to find life between the changes. I have retired from the Corps of Engineers and Microsoft. I am an admin on the Woodwind Forum, run the Microsoft Jumpin' Jive Orchestra, and enjoy time with family and friends.
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7 Responses to Really? Six Degrees of Separation?

  1. Isabelle says:

    Errrr…. yup could be!
    Take the web for instance LOL:O)
    Take care,

  2. Rambling says:

    I read that yesterday.  I wanted to think before I read it that it was not in any way accurate.  That was my not wanting it to be correct talking to me.  (old fashioned me thinks)  However, while it may be a bit of too much "author’s help" going on there..nonetheless, there is something definitely to it.  And if it is not that much a closesness yet, there will be.  Mark that down.
    Posse member 1 checked in w/ opinion.

  3. Beth says:

    Posse member # 2 checking in with an opinion.
    I don’t have an opinion.  😉

  4. kitten says:

    If you take a look at the math the study itself is very interesting although I think about remote tribes in other countries or villages that are isolated how do we support the six degrees of separation for them. I am not sure how to include them, if you cannot work them into the equation there would be a bias; so then there would be no sure way to prove or disprove this theory, just something to ponder. This study is fascinating!
    The theory however can be supported by very simple mathematics, which makes this intriguing to say the least. I cannot state nor do I wish to argue this point I am sure further studies will follow then of course if something is studied long enough there seems to be an inherent risk a point at which the study is proven rather than disproved, my own opinion, sheer speculation on my part. Even if wrong the considerations are phenomenal.
    What I think is surprising is the level of communication sociologically speaking all over the globe how things have changed in such a short span of time. I think it is wonderful how the six degrees of separation coincides with our functionality as a race. This number is not surprising to me given our mobility as a society with the vast levels of communications at our fingertips today the technological advancements will continue the change then given the random variables changing with the sampling mean.
     There is a certain amount of exponential growth for each new person you meet as for the degrees of separation.  I am going to guess in the future as our population grows are degrees of separation will diminish even more. Although there are so many other factors to consider with this study it makes my head spin, literally. Smiles. I am looking forward to more studies later on to see how much smaller the degrees of separation become. Wonderful post darling!!
     Kisses Catherine

  5. Elizabeth says:

    So, to whom are you separated by 6 degrees?  If you say Mathew McConaughey I will faint on the spot. 😉

  6. Laoch says:

    Network theory rule

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Talking knees! LOL  They are bad when they are capable of carrying on complete conversations. :)

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